by Helen Lloyd
Isn’t it extraordinary how ‘Bah Humbug!’ has entered our vocabulary? Not to mention the name of Scrooge – as the epitome of a skinflint; we echo the Cratchett family’s ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ as our own Christmas pudding is served, and play Christmas party games just like the Fezziwigs. We also remember those less fortunate than ourselves – and make contact, even if only by sending a Christmas card to friends and family whom we rarely see.
A Christmas Carol may be Christmas through rose tinted spectacles, but it is, for me at least, an essential Christmas ingredient.
It is extraordinary how such a simple ghost story in all its many incarnations, from the Muppet version, to the many films, stage productions and now in audio, has such resonance and power a hundred and seventy-seven years after its first publication.
Raconteurs is proud to bring not only A Christmas Carol … but also eight other lesser-known Dickens’ Festive tales, including his two Christmas novellas, A Cricket on The Hearth, and The Chimes to audio in this Festive Audio Anthology.