Father Christmas's Fake Beard

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Father Christmas’s Fake Beard
AuthorTerry Pratchett
IllustratorMark Beech
Cover artistMark Beech
SeriesChildren’s Stories
Release number
GenreScience fiction and fantasy
Publication date
ISBN978-0-857-53550-4 First edition
Preceded byThe Witch's Vacuum Cleaner 
Followed byThe Time-travelling Caveman 


Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different?

Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit . . . samey.

How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary!?

Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again.


Dedication by Rob Wilkins.

The stories:

Excerpt from Truckers.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing the book as a whole. See pages for individual pieces for episodes about them.

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2023-12-08 Pratchat “This Christmas Goes to Eleven” pratchatpodcast.com

Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

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To be added.

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