God Bless Us, Every One!

3D front cover of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollClearly, it is entirely within the spirit of this season of the year that I issue another commercial plug for Mr Dickens’s immortal work in its beautiful CLC livery.

But to celebrate the forthcoming publication of our first fiction and poetry titles, we are having a Christmas quiz, the prize for which will be the book of your choice from these first twenty wonderful works!

All you have to do is identify the authors and titles of the works of fiction or poetry in which the following words on Christmas can be found.

(1)    ‘Think of having a cup and a cake and a stick of candy and a penny.’

(2)    ‘This is Christmas Day, it’s Christmas Day, it won’t come again for a whole year.’

(3)    ‘Now they are all on their knees…’

(4)    ‘Hark the erol angils sing…’

(5)     ‘”I wouldn’t tie another twig,” said the elder girl, “for all the Christmas pudding that was ever boiled.”’

(6)    ‘A most unimpeachable Christmas goose…’

(7)    ‘The cattle that are in the sheds fattening for Christmas have cake as well…’

(8)    ‘At Christmas I no more desire a rose/Than miss a snow in May’s new-fangled shows…’

(9)    ‘Lord, keep my memory green!’

(10) ‘’I’m rather partial to carols, myself, and that’s the best of reasons for my never hearing any.’

In these decadent days of the googling of quotations, there is a tie-breaker, which will test your knowledge of the CLC list and your devotion to this blog: which one of the questions above is the odd one out?

To enter, email your answers (remember, author AND title) to


The closing date for entries is 2 January, when the CLC team will stagger blearily back into our (probably) icy book factory after Cambridge University Press’s Christmas closure. And don’t forget that before that, on 18 December, you can try to win a Dickens work from our Winter Wonderland site.

That’s enough Christmas cheer to be going on with: may your celebrations be as heaped with good things as the Ghost of Christmas Present’s throne, and we’ll be back in touch in 2013!


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