Magic in Manchester
review by Maryom
Last Christmas, Goose had a happy loving family and the best present ever - a puppy! This Christmas could not be more different - his parents have died in a car accident, his nan is slipping into a bizarre world of her own and now his dog, Mutt, has gone missing. Then on Christmas Eve a mysterious stranger turns up wandering the streets of Manchester. He can't remember his own name, which may or may not be Anthony, but seems to have the answers to everyone's problems. There are many things that need to be fixed though before he can help Goose find Mutt. And can even Anthony help Goose regain all the things he's lost in the past year?
This is another instance when I'm reading the book before I see the film. Adapted by David Logan from the screenplay he co-wrote, due to air this Christmas, Lost Christmas is a wonderful heart warming story that brings the magic of It's A Wonderful Life to modern Manchester. There are many poignant, tearful moments, though, along the way so have the tissues ready. Will there be a happy ending? Well, it is a feel-good Christmas story, so maybe there will.
Lost Christmas is aimed at children but I think will appeal to grown-ups just as much.
Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Quercus
Genre - 10+
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