Opening the Box of Delights


A stunning visual celebration of John Masefield’s Christmas classic

by Dr Philip W. Errington

Foreword by Piers Torday

Honoured to have been asked to write a foreword to this celebration of one my all time favourite stories, The Box of Delights by John Masefield, put together by the Masefield scholar Dr. Philip Errington.

John Masefield’s fantasy novel The Box of Delights is an enduring Christmas classic. It has a unique place in children’s literature and continues to inspire and engage modern readers with its timeless adventure of ancient magic, good vanquishing evil, and Christmas miracles. For many, watching the 1984 BBC TV adaptation is a Christmas tradition and ‘The Box of Delights Appreciation Society’ has over 2,000 members on Facebook! This visual celebration of The Box of Delights is written by a world expert on the text and showcases fascinating illustrations, photographs, letters, manuscripts and designs from Masefield’s life and across all of the story’s many manifestations – through the different editions of the book (whose illustrators included Quentin Blake), and adaptations on television, radio and stage.

Publisher: Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd
Published: 29/10/2020
ISBN: 978-0232534870