Listen free for 30 days

Last Christmas

Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

The perfect gift book, featuring the writing of Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Caitlin Moran, Richard Ayoade, Emily Watson and others, to coincide with the upcoming movie Last Christmas, starring Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. 

When you think back to Christmases past, what (if anything) made it magical? Looking towards the future, what would your perfect Christmas be? What would you change? What should we all change? 

This is a beautiful, funny and soulful collection of personal essays about the meaning of Christmas, written by a unique plethora of voices from the boulevards of Hollywood to the soup kitchens of Covent Garden. 

Away from the John Lewis advert, the high street decorations and the candied orange in Heston Blumenthal's Christmas pudding, this gem of a book introduced and curated by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise celebrates the importance of kindness and generosity, acceptance and tolerance - and shows us that these values are not just for Christmas. 

25p of the proceeds received by Quercus from each audiobook sold will be donated to Crisis and The Refugee Council.

Crisis is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. W1082947 (England/Wales) and SC040094 (Scotland). Refugee Council is a registered charity in the UK with charity no. 1014576.

©2019 Greg Wise and Emma Thompson (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

What listeners say about Last Christmas

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Lovely Christmas moments

Some really lovely Christmas stories in this, I particularly enjoyed some of the refugee stories . What let the book down was really that some of the most famous voices didn’t record their pieces which was very jarring. Eg someone other then Stephen Fry read his and as I grew up listening to Harry Potter this was disappointing, a few of the big names did voice their stories but the majority didn’t - I imagine this was due to funding and scheduling , however I would have given it 5* if they’d all been read by their counterparts

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

What does Christmas mean to you?

After watching the movie Last Christmas which I loved (although it made me cry) I was curious about this book tie in. This book is nothing really to do with the film apart from the fact it is compiled by Emma Thompson and Greg Wise and about Christmas. It is however a beautifully written collection of personal stories from people of all walks of life about Christmas and what it means to them. Some stories are happy and some sad but it’s honest and fascinating and ultimately kind of a fitting book to go along with the movie.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

Loved it from the start to the finish Well put together Kept the book till it was just me and it and totally relaxed listening to it 💕