The Christmas Truce

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Down at the Front, on a cold winter's night in 1914, amidst the worst war the world had ever seen, an inexplicable silence spread from man to man. Belief was in the air. Then the soldiers ceased fire and the magic of Christmas took hold . . .

Carol Ann Duffy's brilliant poem celebrates the miraculous truce between the trenches, when enemy shook hands with enemy, shared songs, swapped gifts, even played football, and peace found a place in No Man's Land.

With gorgeous colour illustrations by David Roberts, this special, full size edition of The Christmas Truce is a Christmas gift to treasure.

A short history lesson to make children learn and grown men weep
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About Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy lives in Manchester, where she is Professor and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has written for both children and adults, and her poetry has received many awards, including the Signal Prize for Children's Verse, the Whitbread, Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes, and the Lannan and E. M. Forster Prize in America. She was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 2009. In 2011 The Bees won the Costa Poetry Award, and in 2012 she won the PEN Pinter Prize. She was made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

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About David Roberts

David Roberts has earned great acclaim for his distinctive illustrations. His previous work includes collaborations with his sister Lynn on retellings of several classic fairy stories – their book LITTLE RED was shortlisted for the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal. In 2006 he won the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award for his line drawings in MOUSE NOSES ON TOAST. David's first collaboration with Julia Donaldson -TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP - was published in 2007 by Macmillan, and since then they have worked together on several other picture books, including the recently published JACK AND THE FLUMFLUM TREE.

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Books by Carol Ann Duffy

New Selected Poems
New Selected Poems
The King of Christmas
The King of Christmas
The Wren-Boys
The Wren-Boys
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Wenceslas
Wenceslas
Mrs Scrooge
Mrs Scrooge
Standing Female Nude
Standing Female Nude
Selling Manhattan
Selling Manhattan
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Queen Munch and Queen Nibble
Off The Shelf
Off The Shelf
The Skipping-Rope Snake
The Skipping-Rope Snake
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
Ritual Lighting
Ritual Lighting
Mean Time
Mean Time
101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy: A Laureate's Choice
101 Poems for Children Chosen by Carol Ann Duffy: A Laureate's Choice
The Bees
The Bees
Another Night Before Christmas
Another Night Before Christmas
Love Poems
Love Poems
Rapture
Rapture
The Other Country
The Other Country
Feminine Gospels
Feminine Gospels
The World's Wife
The World's Wife
To the Moon
To the Moon
Answering Back
Answering Back
Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand