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The More the Merrier by Anne Fine
Published by Doubleday, 2003

Young Ralph Mountfield the narrator of this story reminds us that Christmas may not always be the season of good will, peace and harmony that we expect. Family fights, and annoying relatives in an overcrowded house definitely do not make a season to be jolly. To make matters worse, the TV is on the blink and understandably enough, Mum is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Ten additional relatives, including nutty Great-Aunt Ida, released from the Home with instructions, the ghastly cousin Titania in her frilly, fairy dresses that make Ralph sick and the twins from Hell, Sylvester and Sylvia, who had a lasting negative effect on the family dog the last time they visited, are just some of the people in the Mountfield house this Christmas.
In contrast to what the title says, more definitely does not mean merrier.

If you like a really good read with lots of fun, then this is the book for you this Christmas.
To find out more about children’s laureate, Anne Fine and about this book visit the Anne Fine Website www.annefine.co.uk

From the Back Cover
Christmas comes but once a year. Luckily.
A savagely funny and deliciously wicked tale from the 2001-2003 Children's Laureate, multi award-winning author Anne Fine.
Christmas will never seem the same again!

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