The King and the Christmas Tree

The King and the Christmas Tree

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Released October 14, 2021
ISBN 9781786580900

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Every year, at Christmas time, a huge tree arrives in Trafalgar square. Bedecked in lights, it becomes a shimmering, festive beacon in the heart of London. But there is more to this tree than first meets the eye, for behind the twinkling lights and scented pine, there is a story of loyalty and friendship spanning generations.

On a cold, dark evening in 1940, German u boats entered the Oslo fjord and made their way towards Norway's capital. As dawn broke, it seemed that, like so many other European nations, Norway, too, would soon surrender to the Nazi Regime. Were it not for one brave man, King Haakon VII, and the loyalty he inspired in his people to hold strong even in the darkest of times, the fate of Norway would have almost certainly been sealed.


In The King and the Christmas Tree, historian A. N. Wilson tells the inspiring story of this very remarkable King, of the brave, indomitable people of Norway, and of the relationship with Britain which ensured the preservation of the independent, democratic spirit of Norway. Despite the Nazi threats, the invasion of troops and the bombing of his beloved Norway, King Haakon VII refused to give in and, as he journeyed through the county and then to Britain to escape the clutches of the invaders, he continued to serve as a figurehead for his people.
Richly illustrated, The King and the Christmas is a warm Christmas fable of human courage and friendship between nations; a delightful Christmas cracker for all of us, young and old, at Christmastime.

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A. N. Wilson

Andrew Normal Wilson was born in Staffordshire in 1950, and is best known as a biographer, novelist, journalist and essayist. Wilson was educated at Rugby School and later attended New College, Oxford (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1976). Initially drawn to the teaching profession and priesthood, Wilson settled upon a life of writing, and published his first novel, The Sweets of Pimlico in 1977. He has since published over 40 works of fiction and non-fiction.

He is a regular voice on BBC radio, and an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail, Telegraph, London Evening Standard, Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator and The Observer. A selection of Wilson’s journalism can be found in his collection Pen Friends from Porlock (1989)

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, Wilson holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism.

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