Jonathan Tulloch, in his final seasonal piece of the series, revisits a child’s Christmas in Cumbria, with a stray appearance of Saxon the family dog, a big black bible plucked from a Dylan Thomas sky, and an orange bulging in a rugby sock like an anaconda’s meal.
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‘I wish that I could say I took it on the chin, but I was rather protective and sensitive about my work in those days. ‘
‘It is very simple. One might say it is the science of the bleeding obvious, but it is not always easy to do. Finish it.’