Rating clarification: 3.5 stars.
This is a lovely volume of short stories by the author of the classic comic novel Cold Comfort Farm. But be warned, they differ in style to that popular novel, all excepting the titular story, Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm
, of course. Also the title of the collection as a whole is somewhat misleading, as only the fist two stories are Christmas themed.
These short stories won't be to everyone's taste as they are period pieces about the upper classes in England during the 1930s. While they are outdated in many respects, they are a wonderful insight into the lives of people of a certain class, in a certain place, at a certain time, and some themes touched on in these stories will definitely resonate with the modern reader.