Gifts special: The best of gifts, the worst of gifts

Jemima Khan, Jon Snow and others tell Prospect about their best presents—and the worst

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Chris Patten

Best present received: my wife gave me a beautiful Tang horse about 15 inches high for my 50th birthday. It’s my most beautiful possession. Best present given: to my wife—portraits of our daughters by Tom Halifax. Worst present given: what I thought were fashionable leather jackets bought in a market in Seoul for my daughters. Never to my knowledge worn. Worst present received: a loudly ticking wall clock in the shape of an antelope from President Mugabe.

Chris Patten is chairman of the BBC Trust

Margaret Drabble

The best present I ever received was an antique mosaic ring…

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