Prudence quite likes Christmas - food, wine, presents and being an orphan which means not having any relatives with whom she is forced to spend time, smiling through gritted teeth.
However there is one person she dislikes and may not be able to avoid.
And he must be given a present.
So it was with regret that she did not buy a book for him entitled: Great Bastards in World History.
A little too obvious, non?