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The perfect Christmas gift, this beautiful book explains how the bearded, red clad, big bellied, reindeer driving jovial gent came to be the face of Christmas, and reveals the historical origins of Saint Nicholas over seventeen hundred years ago in the Eastern Roman Empire. In a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and good will towards all men, Joseph McCullough travels across Europe (and the North Pole...of course) to uncover the exploits of Santa in a book that is sure to fill even the most jaded scrooges with a little bit of Christmas magic. And for any nervous parents out there - don't worry, there are Father Christmas 'spoilers' between the pages of this book - ensuring the wonderous children's whisperings of Santa will continue...for ather couple of years at least!
Joseph A McCullough is the author of several non-fiction books including A Pocket History of Ireland and Osprey's Zombies: A Hunter's Guide. In addition, his fantasy short stories have appeared in various books and magazines such as Black Gate, Lords of Swords, and Adventure Mystery Tales. He also co-wrote The Grey Mountains, a supplement for the Middle-Earth Role-Playing game. Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn to study art at Liverpool College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. Based in Nottinghamshire, UK, he will neither confirm or deny that he has actually visited Santa's workshop in the North Pole.