Christmas Capers 2017

The much-loved Christmas Capers community project was a great success as usual. Check out Paul Pitman’s beautiful photos of all the festive action by clicking on his photo below.

A collection of reviews, comments and items received:

Photo from Kevin Graal event

Upstairs at the Ostrich

Saturday 29th April 2017


‘Thank you’ to all who have submitted a photo of the book pile from their bedside:




















List of books most likely claimed to have been read when, in actuality, only the film has been viewed-

in order of popularity:

  1. James Bond books, Ian Fleming
  2. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
  4. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  6. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
  7. The Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum
  8. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  10. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  12. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  13. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

Books chosen by those who went to The Pile By My Bed event. Their idea of a ‘must read’ book for the future generation . All ages took part!

Literary Festival

Inheritance Tree

How To Train Your Dragon series               Cressida Cowell

The Secret History                                    Donna Tartt

The Cave                                                 Jose Saramango

The Magic Finger

My Dad                                                    Martin Bannister

Wuthering Heights                                    Emily Bronte

Just So Stories                                         Rudyard Kipling

Heroes of Olympus                                   Rick Riordan

Ingo                                                        Helen Dunmore

Small Island                                             Andrea Levy

Lord of the Flies

The Famous Five                                      Enid Blyton

Harry Potter series                                   JK Rowling

1984                                                       George Orwell

Peter Rabbit                                             Beatrix Potter

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind

The Handmaid’s Tale                                Margaret Atwood

Wild Swans                                              Jung Chang

Oxford English Dictionary

The Great Gatsby                                     Scott Fotzgerald

The Poisonwood Bible                               Barbara Kingsolver

Down & Out in Paris and London                George Orwell

Goodnight Mr Tom                                    Michelle Magorian

Pride & Prejudice                                      Jane Austen

Heart of Darkness                                    Joseph Conrad

How I Live Now                                        Meg Rosoff

My Bear Book

Cutting for Stone                                       Abraham Verglese

Wake                                                        Lisa McMann

The Hobbit                                                 JR Tolkein


The Girl Who Wasn’t There                           Karen McCombie

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

Murder Most Unlady-Like                               Robin Stevens

House at Pooh Corner                                    AA Milne

Wolf Brother

All Quiet on the Western Front                          Erich Maria Remargoo

The Jungle Book                                               Rudyard Kipling

Some Tame Gazelle                                          Barbara Pym

The Tobacconist                                               Robert Seethaler

Wind in the Willows                                          Kenneth Graham

The Boiled Giant                                               K Ishiguro

The Winds of War                                             Herman Wouk

War & Remembrance                                        Herman Wouk

Little Women                                                    Louisa M Alcott

Hons & Rebels                                                  Jessica Mitford

Wonder                                                            Raquel J Palacio

Lord of the Rings                                              JR Tolkein

Christmas Capers 2016

Another fantastic success for this community project that has become a much-loved part of the festive season in our village. See Paul Pitman’s excellent photos here