Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a festive favourite; whether you love the book or prefer the Muppet version, you can be assured it will crop up in some form over the holidays. I adore the tale (all versions, though I must admit I love the Muppet version the most) and the image of the perfect Victorian Christmas. The words ‘Bah, humbug’ and ‘Scrooge’ are now commonplace in our lexicon – so, when I heard that Harper Collins were publishing a new prequel to A Christmas Carol written by the late Vanessa Lafaye, I just knew I had to get my hands on it!
Miss Marley is the story of Jacob Marley, who we know as Scrooge’s late business partner. What happened to turn him into such a cold, hard man? What set him on his path to a life in chains, and just who is Miss Marley?
Miss Marley is a beautiful, warm and engaging story perfect for the festive period. It’s a novella, so short enough that it can be read in a day or two (by the fire, with a mug of hot chocolate I suggest). In this story, Lafaye gives a voice to the unknown Jacob Marley and an array of new characters, including Jacob’s sister, Clara Marley.
An enchanting and special book, I really enjoyed this voyage into the life of the Marley siblings, and it is clear that this novella was a labour of love, written out of respect to Dickens and a wonderfully creative idea.
Miss Marley would make a perfect gift for all readers this Christmas, or treat yourself, you won’t regret it, it truly is a magical book!
What are your favourite Christmas books? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments!