Chesterton and Belloc: A Little Christmas Holiday Listening

In our house we keep the twelve days of Christmas, from Christmas day to Twelfth Night. The Christmas holidays are a time when I tend to take old favourite books of the shelf, get comfortable in an armchair and re-read and savour familiar passages as much for their familiarity as anything else. In particular I like to savour seasonal favourites, so I have been re-reading some short pieces on Christmas by GK Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. Some of these I have read aloud onto podcast and audioboo sites, so I thought I’d gather up the links and share them again with readers of this blog. First up is GK Chesterton’s wonderful little piece ‘The Shop of Ghosts; a good dream’, which I had the pleasure of reading aloud last year with my friends Jerry and Claudia Root and Pat and Den Conneen. Then, in three short parts,  I have posted some readings from ‘A Remaining Christmas’, Hilaire Belloc’s wonderfully partial account of how he kept Christmas at Kingsland, his beloved old house in Sussex. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed reading them.

The Shop of Ghosts by GK Chesterton

A Remaining Christmas by Hilaire Belloc part 1

A Remaining christmas Pt 2

A Remaining christmas pt 3

Belloc at his beloved Kingsland (Nice Pipe!)

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6 responses to “Chesterton and Belloc: A Little Christmas Holiday Listening

  1. Our problem with this post is we have android phone and tablet. Apple does not serve them. audioboo does, but only the 2 and3 parts … we really wanted to listen!

    Leslie

    Sent from Samsung tablet

  2. Pat Conneen

    We’ll never forget — the reading, the fire, the pipe smoke and yours and Maggie’s warm hospitality.

  3. Shelley Wyche

    What a treat. Malcolm, I had the pleasure of meeting you at Oxbridge ’11 and of taking your poetry class there. January 2 is my birthday, and these marvelous recordings were a fine gift . Many, many thanks.

  4. Pingback: Waiting on the Word for Advent | Lancia E. Smith

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