author photo and captionGeorge Goodwin is the author of three highly-acclaimed books.   The latest is Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father, published in 2016 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK)

His previous books, still very much in print in the UK and USA are:  Fatal Colours – Towton 1461 on the reign of Henry VI and the 1st War of the Roses; and Fatal Rivalry — Henry VIII, James IV and the battle for Renaissance Britain, Flodden 1513.

His latest book is entitled ‘Christmas TraditionsA celebration of festive lore‘ – an entertaining and enlightening  9780712352949guide to the sacred and secular traditions of Christmas: some being many centuries old and others surprisingly new.

When first experienced in childhood, Christmas seems all of a piece and to have a wondrously timeless quality, as its different aspects fit snugly together.  Christmas Traditions considers how those different elements have evolved,  and its collection of charming facts, quotations and anecdotes will rekindle the memories that are an essential part of the magical nature of Christmas.

Beautifully illustrated with images from the British Library’s own vast collections and from other important holdings, this book reflects the joyful nature of Christmastime.