Father Christmas's Fake Beard
Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different?
Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit... samey.
How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary!?
Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again.
Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (1948–2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff was at the time of its release the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-audience novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days.
These short story collections contain short stories written by Terry Pratchett (using the pseudonym "Uncle Jim") for the Bucks Free Press paper's "Children's Circle" section. Most of the stories were originally published in the late 1960s, and have now been re-edited and collected.
Some of the stories found in these volumes were later extended by the author into the novels The Carpet People and Truckers.
Children's Circle Stories consists of four works. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.