Listen on

Episode notes

In this special festive episode of “Reading Between The Lines”, the team from “The People’s Friend” have picked out a comedic little Christmas story by frequent contributor AP Macdonald, first published in the magazine in 1906. 

Judey, Marion, and archivist Barry join host Iain for a chat about the festive spirit, good-natured points scoring between spouses, and breaking the fourth wall. 

Plus, they get the chance to play a little word-based parlour game Mr Macdonald invented for that year’s Christmas issue. It'’ simple, fun — and perfect for family Zoom calls! 

If you don’t already get “The People’s Friend” delivered to your door, because you listen to “Between The Lines” you’ll be able to get your first 13 issues for just £8. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Remember to follow “The People’s Friend” on social media for more from the world’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine!

Facebook: Twitter:

This season of “Reading Between The Lines” is proudly sponsored by The Oddfellows. Be part of a friendlier society; give them a call today on 0800 028 1810 for a free information pack, or visit to find your nearest branch.

The Dear Old “People’s Friend” theme: Words by Charles J Cunningham Music by Arthur Harold Performed for piano and clarinet by Neil Brand Sung by Jennifer Phin