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Laurence Whistler was born in 1912.

He is perhaps best known today for his glass engraving, but was also a renowned poet and the author of many books, including The English Festivals and The Initials in The Heart, both now re-published by Dean Street Press.

In 1974 he was awarded the C.B.E. and in 2000, shortly before his death, a knighthood.

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“There is scholarship here about the past, and delight in the festivals of today… a book that will be delightful to pick up again at any time of the year.”
Sunday Times

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For children the day begins with a weight on the toes, long, angular, and many-faceted as a leg by Picasso. The stocking should be opened by candlelight: no other light is resonant at that high frequency of excitement.

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‘One of the most poignant love stories in the English language.’
Country Life

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