I've got a small book of essays about Christmas coming out just in time for the festive season this year! You can pre-order it right now from the Obverse Books website...
It's called 'The Christmas Box' and it's a book I've wanted to write for years. It's a very personal reminiscence of favourite Christmas television shows - and contains essays that are hopefully both touching and funny and nostalgic. It covers everything from 'The Snowman' to 'K9 and Company' to 'The Generation Game.'
‘I just finished The Christmas Box and loved it! God, I want to see that episode of Crossroads *right now*! The book is full of laugh-out-loud moments and I remember almost all of the programmes you cover (I've never seen Box of Delights - can you believe it?). But more than that, it's crammed full of TRUTH! Also, poor Jeremy! Anyway, it's fabulous - I wish it could have been longer. It made me feel ridiculously nostalgic.’ - Neil Perryman
"A loving celebration of the potency of festive ephemera. Warm, studied, poignant and assured - a blissful read any time of year." - Steve Cole
"Be it a cheap and cheerful variety show, a heart-warming drama or a creepy festive ghost story, the best examples of Christmas TV evoke a sense of magic that sustain us through life, providing us with touchstones of comfort and solidity in what can seem an often alarmingly uncertain world. In The Christmas Box Paul Magrs perfectly captures that egg-nog-infused flavour of nostalgia. His recollections are charming, poignant, affectionate and (even in instances where *our* Christmas memories are not the same as *his* Christmas memories) instantly identifiable. This is a gem of a book, every bit as comforting and luxurious as warm mince pies and mulled wine in front of a roaring log fire on Christmas Eve." - Mark Morris