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Christmas Tales by William McInnes – Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:   27 October 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Publisher: Hachette Australia



‘Tis the season to be jolly! One of Australia’s favourite storytellers is back with a collection of stories about everyone’s favourite family holiday.

I can’t help it if I’m a boring conservative dag, but I love Christmas, always have and hopefully always will. Whatever brand of faith you fly under, even if you proclaim you don’t have one, Christmas is a time of generosity, good citizenship and decency.

It’s the holiday where shopping centres become a sea of dazed shoppers bearing checklists as long as your arm, lunch is a neverending buffet of prawns and ham and your electricity bill is doubly struck by having to run the fan all day and keep those decorative lights blinking through the night.

William McInnes, bestselling author of FATHERHOOD, WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, and A MAN’S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY tackles the silly season in a way only he can – telling stories brimming with good humour and nostalgia, to remind us what Christmas is all about: family.




Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

my dad is a big fan of William McInnes books and I’ve been meaning to give one a try for a while. I’m really glad I did. What a fun, relatable Aussie book! I was a little dismayed to find how hard I related to many of William’s trips down memory lane (only because it shocked me into owning up to my age 😂) and I got a little thrill out of seeing the suburb where I grew up written down in a book (a thrill we get as Australians because it’s so rare). 

From hilarious moments when William was growing up, to poignant moments in his adult life, Christmas Tales was wistful one moment and giggle worthy the next.   I may never look at shopping centre Santa’s the same way again, but the laugh out loud moments were plentiful and I thoroughly enjoyed joining William in his musings. 

Definitely one to put in the Christmas stocking for any Aussie relatives who like to get that wistful look on their face and start up about ‘the good old days’ (they can read this for their memory lane fix and not bore the rest of the family with their complaints about ‘kids these days’ 😏).



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