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By: Paul R Stanton

A Festive Juxtaposition

Pages: 178 Ratings: 5.0
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It was Christmas Eve in the good old city of London. Everything was alive with the joyous sounds of festive exchanges; carols floated on the breeze and gently wafted across the cold waters of the river Thames. Multi-coloured lights appeared to festoon the streets in every quarter, and the fragrant heady smell of pine needles could be detected everywhere. There was nothing quite like it. It could be said that there was, in fact, magic in the air.

At that point the Devil arrived at Charing Cross station. He was dressed immaculately in an Astrakhan coat, leather gloves and patent leather shoes that were so brightly polished you could see your face in them. He sported a small black goatee beard and had features that could easily have been chiseled from stone. Smiling, he stepped out into the night. But what was his purpose for being there? Was it purely philanthropic? Or, did he have an ulterior motive up his sleeve? As the evening wore on, the good old city was about to find out.

The entertainment field has been no stranger to Paul Stanton over the years; having worked in both theatre and television. He has written numerous plays, novels and children’s books, before finally dedicating himself to what he considers to be his magnum opus: A Festive Juxtaposition. After much input it is a work Paul is finally happy with (having rewritten it a total of fifteen times) and regards it as a ‘little Christmas ditty’ that hopefully people will like and warm to.

Customer Reviews
46 reviews
46 reviews
  • Tracey To

    This absorbing story has all the unexpected twists, emotions, and magical imaginations. Very satisfying read at a festive time.
    It also has an educational value that deserves to be put on the family bookshelf for everyone to appreciate. Hope it will become a film one day.
    P.s an Absolute home game for the Londoners! :-)

  • H Gardener

    Every once in a while, a book will come along that stands head and shoulders above the rest. A Festive Juxtaposition is such a book. It contains all the ingredients that make for a riveting read: the magic of Christmas, and everything that goes with it, a mystery that runs throughout the book - hence the term juxtaposition, and not forgetting the interesting snippets of history that fill its pages. It is a book that having read it once, leaves you with a feeling of gladness and well-being. Like all the classics it then becomes a book you will return to again and again. Excellent. Would love to see it made into a film etc.

  • John Swift.

    A very good read. The stories flow page after page. A very enjoyable theme. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more. A Festive story that can be enjoyed any time of the year.

  • Martin

    Excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed this story. I could not put it down and just had to keep reading.

  • Nicholas Kerwin

    I was given the book as a Christmas present. I don't read much but I have finished it already; I couldn't put it down.

    It is a lovely Winter season read and starting it I had predefined thoughts on the Devil, but reading this maybe I'll change my views. It is really a series of short stories and you immediately get into the problems and situations the characters are in - there but for the grace of God go I! It is thought-provoking and warm and yet slightly dark, but feels good at the same time.

    Well worth a read.

  • Alex. langton

    Sunday lunch will be late today, just finished this book, and I loved it
    perhaps a screenplay.

  • Minikin

    I enjoyed reading this book a few weeks ago and I keep coming back to it in my mind. Not to spoil it, for the reader, but the Devil really does have a sense of justice in the writing and his behavior is very different from what one might expect. The characters come to life on the page and in some moments I found myself feeling so emotional as I connected with each one. I laughed out loud, I felt sad, I was puzzled, I disagreed and I loved the way the writer allowed me to pause and reflect on each situation. In the past weeks, I have found myself thinking about how I feel about the Devil’s choice of actions and have questioned my responses to the storylines. This is a book like no other. It does not sit in any specific genre and I would not like to try to place it. I found the historic content intriguing and will try to seek out some of the places mentioned in the book. It certainly brought that historical part of London into a different perspective. I enjoyed the writer's immense use of unusual vocabulary, this did not distract me from the storyline but added to its complexity. I found myself looking up the meanings of some of the words here and there and gained a deeper understanding of the language used. To me, it was a thought-provoking enjoyable read that left me wanting to read more.

  • JanC

    I read this book after having it recommended by a friend. At first I wasn’t sure if it was my kind of read as I am normally into crime and romance novels, however I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    The devil is not quite what you would expect of him, it shows people who feel they have no hope left in life, are able to turn their lives around with a little help, others choose reject the help and are a lost cause. A great read from a very good author and looking forward to his next novel.

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