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The Christmas Hirelings

(1894)
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Richard Armitage modernizes a classic hidden gem of Christmas Past... Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the "hirelings" - despite Sir John's skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. The season takes flight with merriment, warmth, and even affection, until Moppet - as young children are wont to do in Victorian holiday tales - falls deathly ill. With her life hanging by a tinsel-thin thread, how will the makeshift family cope?

Listeners who smile ironically at the antiquated juxtaposition of The Christmas Hirelings might be surprised by the contemporary feel of a blended family, income inequality, and the power of togetherness to heal past sorrows. Richard Armitage's stellar voice makes each scene as rich as a plum pudding dotted with the raisins of tradition (party favors, carols, and more!), and the entire performance feels like a trip to bygone England...just in time for the end of this year.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
ISBN: 1-340-06459-6 / 978-1-340-06459-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sagwan Press
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February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
ISBN: 1-377-24153-X / 978-1-377-24153-1 (USA edition)
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings...
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
ISBN: 1-295-36998-2 / 978-1-295-36998-0 (USA edition)
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
ISBN: 1-4474-7326-4 / 978-1-4474-7326-8 (UK edition)
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March 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings...
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
ISBN: 1-276-44305-6 / 978-1-276-44305-0 (USA edition)
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): M E Braddon
ISBN: 1-290-28414-8 / 978-1-290-28414-1 (UK edition)
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon, M E 1835-1915 Braddon
ISBN: 1-178-02360-5 / 978-1-178-02360-2 (USA edition)
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November 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings and Fifty Years of Novel Writing: Miss Braddon at Home
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
ISBN: 1-902580-15-X / 978-1-902580-15-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sensation Press
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December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
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December 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings
Author(s): Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Publisher: Audible Studios
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