By The Telegraph
Ghosts, lost love and what happens when the festive season is hijacked by the politically correct brigade… Christmas tales by some of the most cherished writers of our time.
Matt Haig - The Old Man in the Forest
A mysterious encounter with a stranger in a Nordic forest pulls a widower from his grief.
Plum Sykes - The Bucket of Blood
Jess couldn’t wait for a romantic Christmas break. But something about the boutique hotel didn't feel right ..
Sir Andrew Motion - In the Stable
Christmas Day was like any other for Richard – his one task was to keep his father happy, and that was never easy
Alexander McCall Smith - No Christmas
When Christmas is cancelled at her new workplace, Andrea holds on furtively to festive tradition.
Lionel Shriver - The Christmas Card
A young romance that cuts across enemy lines, a lost Christmas card, and a love story that unravels over 64 years
Tom Hanks - Christmas Eve 1953
Midnight, every year on 24 December, Virgil Beuell received a call from his old GI buddy that set off dark reminiscences.