Anyway. Yes. Christmas. So, in an attempt to make myself feel the whole 'Christmas' thing, and perhaps communicate a little Christmassy spirit to everyone else, I have just completed this year's Christmas Novella! (You may remember last year's 'The Art of Christmas'...)
So. Let's take our minds off crotches, and focus on boys, shall we?
The Boys of Christmas features Ruby Arden, who is hiding out with her friend Toby, from her emotionally abusive boyfriend. Ruby receives a rather unusual bequest, which takes her and Toby off to a snow-bound village on the Dorset coast, to solve a mystery...
|Richard Austin pictures, by the way...|
I used to live not far from Lyme Regis, so it's a town I know well, although I don't think I've ever seen it in the snow. However, living where I do now, in the rural wilds of North Yorkshire, I see a lot of snow, usually from the front.
This novella features such christmassy things as snow, the world's tattiest Christmas tree, carol singers, emergency helicopter food drops and a knitted octopus called Cthulu. There's also chalk figures cut into a hillside, a pre-prep boys' school, and an Aga of malevolence.
To find out how these all fit together - well, you'll just have to read the book, won't you?