Among the most famous to bring out their own version of the Christmas story is Jeanette Winterson, controversial author of the lesbian classic, "Oranges are not the only Fruit".
She has brought out an account of the nativity story told from the point of view of the donkey in the stable.
Another publishing company, Zonderkidz, based in the US, has also produced a series of children's picture books based on Bible stories which includes the tale of two shepherds, Jed and Roy, who make their way to the manger.
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