The King of Puddings

A small book about Christmas Puddings

A small book about Christmas Puddings

The King of Puddings gives us a taste of the incredibly rich stories behind the traditional Christmas Pudding, taking us on a journey around the world and through history. This small book introduces us to a taste of the rich cultural and natural history that goes into the pudding with each ingredient. We meet kings and paupers, discover medicinal secrets and trace the trade routes and empires that have shaped our world – and our Christmas traditions. Truly the Christmas Pudding – love it or hate it – is the King of Puddings.

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About the Author

Angela Dixon is a former lecturer and journalist. As a volunteer guide at Kew Gardens, she has broadcast on BBC Radio and Television on the botanical ingredients of the Christmas Pudding.

Book Information

A SpiderBooks Publication
ISBN 978-0-9561084-0-1
40pp B/W on ivory paper, Saddle-stitched
14.5cm square
Hand-finished limited edition with glitter



  • Introduction
  • Wheat
  • Sugar
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Oranges & Lemons
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Holly
  • A Recipe for Christmas Pudding
  • Mrs Beeton’s Plum Pudding (Very Good)
  • Scripture Pudding: A Riddle
  • Some Sources & Further Reading

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The Troodos and the Prodromos

The Troodos and the Prodromos

A wall frieze for children, about the formation of the island of Cyprus

This is a frieze publication of “The Troodos and the Prodromos”, a humorous poem about the formation of the island of Cyprus, written by Giles Dixon whilst living on the island in the seventies. It is now in its second edition.

Printed on quality textured cream board, the frieze is a metre long when fully extended, and 20cm high.  ISBN 978-0-956108418

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