…and then the hamster died

The Christmas Letters: The Ultimate Collection of Round Robins is Simon Hoggart’s collection of edited highlights from the round robin letters his readers have sent him over the years. The awful people are, of course, the funniest, but there are some gems from people whose mailing list I’d be genuinely pleased to be on. I shan’t spoil it by reproducing my favourite (and very short) extract here, partly because it would probably be illegal.