My favorite Author! my favorite film too! (apart from the JK rowling books and films)
What an imagination this man has Trisha, wonderful story teller. If you struggle with the book, give the film a go, its so Christmas in it's own unique way and funny too. David Jason is in it, he's brill
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.