Mrs Peterson from Stoke on Trent writes: I know you're only an inanimate book, Brian, but I'm as mad as a muffin, so I'd like to wish you all the good will of the season.
Brian writes: Yes, Mrs Peterson, you clearly are a bit touched. But a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, anyway. And the same to all my readers wherever you are. Here's hoping 2011 is everything you want it to be.