Warm wishes from Hoxton Square where we’re preparing to settle by the hearth with a good book and a celebratory glass of something festive.
We’re delighted to report that all last orders for the year have now been sent out and we do hope that you, or the recipient, enjoys them. While most things arrive in good time and in good order, inevitably the odd thing goes astray or arrives in less than perfect condition. If this is the case please email [email protected] and we can arrange replacements to be sent out in the New Year. If you need an emergency gift card to tide you over, you can download one of our plain printable gift cards here.
For any last-minute presents, you can order all items (from subscriptions to books, bags, notebooks or anything else) on our website and choose to have an instant gift card sent to you to print out at home or sent straight to the recipient by email. Your items will follow in the New Year.
We look forward to catching up with you when we’re back at our desks on Monday 6 January. Meantime, do read on for an excerpt from Gwen Raverat’s Period Piece, a deliciously funny picture of life in nineteenth-century Cambridge among the eccentric Darwin clan, illustrated with Gwen’s own delightful drawings. She introduces her childhood memoir as follows:
‘This is a circular book. It does not begin at the beginning and go on to the end; it is all going on at the same time, sticking out like the spokes of a wheel from the hub, which is me. So it does not matter which chapter is read first or last.’
Therefore we will leave you with a festive passage from Chapter XII, and we do hope you enjoy reading it.
With best wishes for a very happy Christmas from the SF office staff
Jennie, Anna, Hattie, Jess & Helen
– and the office dogs Chudleigh, Stanley, Tarka and Dusty