One of the first books I thought of was Little Women, especially the opening lines.
‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo lying on the rug.
‘It’s so dreadful to poor,’ sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
‘I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls to have nothing at all,’ added little Amy with an injured air.
‘We’ve got Father and Mother and each other,’ said Beth contentedly from her corner.
I must admit that apart from the knowledge that there’s a feisty character, Jo, in the story, several convoluted twists and turns and I enjoyed it as a ten year old, I can’t remember too many details about the book, apart from the first lines. So I’m glad that the BBC have made a new version of it to be aired on Boxing Day. Apparently it has a superb cast, including Emily Watson, Michael Gambon and Angela Lansbury. I look forward to reacquainting myself with the March family then. Happy viewing.