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The grumpy genius of Raymond Briggs

No one captures better than Raymond Briggs the ambivalence that many of us feel towards the festive season, says Daisy Dunn

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

19 December 2020

9:00 AM

Raymond Briggs has often spoken of his annoyance at being associated with Christmas. His Snowman may fly across our screens each Christmas day, but in the book there is no Father Christmas, no sleigh, and certainly no figgy pud. The North Pole scene featuring the jolly elf was written into the story for John Coates’s TV adaptation in 1982 and struck Briggs as rather mawkish at the time.

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Raymond Briggs by Nicolette Jones is out now from Thames & Hudson.

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