After a one-night-round-the-globe whirlwind flight Santa likes to sit still in his comfy armchair and unwind.
SCENE's roving reporters managed to corner Santa Claus, at the very end of his deliveries this year. We wanted to know what he had on his reading sleigh. Here's what he said:
I like to start by rereading Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I never have time before the big night and it's good to have a quiet, thoughtful moment after the sound and fury that surrounds the big day.
I'm also enjoying the start of a new mystery book series. Needless to say, I was taken by it's title, Twelve Drummers Drumming
since it refers to the Twelve Days of Christmas. Santa likes a good
puzzler and a cozy, and since the detective is a clergyman named Tom
Christmas, well... I know what it's like to be called Father Christmas. Twelve Drummers Drumming
is set in a fictional British town, and although there is a murder,
order is restored by the end. There's also a mystery surrounding the
author. it's written by a Canadian, who calls himself C.C. Benison. On
checking my list, I found his real name is Doug Whiteway and he lives in
I haven't been able to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. (It's
difficult to be incognito this time of year) but I did enjoy the new
Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk
by Anthony Horowitz. No
zombies or mashups here, just a well crafted tale that goes beyond
mimicking Arthur Conan Doyle to take a closer look at the nasty side of
London in the late 1800s.
Finally, Santa travels a great deal in a great hurry, but he's curious to understand one man's memoir written while being in one place for a good long while. Conrad Black's A Matter of Principle
covers his courtcase, imprisonment and state of mind. Santa understands knowing what you believe and sticking to it. And no; I won't tell you which list he's on.