Tidings by Ruth Padel
‘Come with me to St Pancras Old Church, on a little London hill...’
It’s Christmas Eve and on this enchanted night Charoum, the Angel of Silence, can speak. As night turns to day, he unfolds a resonant story of a little girl, a homeless man and a fox...
In the tradition of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas, Tidings takes us on a journey into the heart of Christmas, showing us celebrations down the ages and across the globe – as dawn sweeps from East Australia to Bethlehem, from London to the Statue of Liberty in New York.
This is Christmas in all its magic, reminding us that it is a time not only of good tidings, but of loneliness and longing, compassion and connection.
Beautifully illustrated and exquisitely musical, Tidings is a poem to be read out loud and cherished.
Published by Chatto & Windus on 03.11.2016