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The way we were: unsuitable Christmas presents

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   January 2016

Barbara Skelton modelling the "little black dress." © Baron/Getty Images

On Christmas Day 1946, Evelyn Waugh writes in his diary:

“I made a fair show of geniality throughout the day though the spectacle of a litter of shoddy toys and half-eaten sweets sickened me. Everything is so badly made nowadays that none of the children’s presents seemed to work… I spent the day comparing the Diary of a Nobody with its serialised version in Punch. Laura [his wife] gave me a…

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