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“Massively readable, full of rich anecdote, amusing characters.” Gervase Phinn “Reminiscent of James Herriot.” The Dalesman "A great story-teller" Newcastle Chronicle The author of the best-selling The Inn at the Top is back with more tales of the highest inn in Britain, in the most wild and windswept corner of the Yorkshire Dales. Joining the extraordinary cast of local char “Massively readable, full of rich anecdote, amusing characters.” Gervase Phinn “Reminiscent of James Herriot.” The Dalesman "A great story-teller" Newcastle Chronicle The author of the best-selling The Inn at the Top is back with more tales of the highest inn in Britain, in the most wild and windswept corner of the Yorkshire Dales. Joining the extraordinary cast of local characters are a theatrical pet piglet, a punk barmaid with shocking pink hair, two Australian handymen and a Walter Mittyesque chef. The naive young couple who ran the inn in the late 1970s return and buy it five years later. Stumbling from one crisis to another, they somehow transform it from a decrepit local curiosity into a thriving, nationally-known inn. They also “conquer Everest” by getting the double-glazing company to film a TV commercial at the inn. Enter Ted Moult and his famous feather to keep the gales off the ales… Full of warmth and humour, the beauty of the Dales countryside and the quirks of the characters who inhabit it, Pigs Might fly paints an unforgettable portrait of a unique place and way of life in a now-vanished era.


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“Massively readable, full of rich anecdote, amusing characters.” Gervase Phinn “Reminiscent of James Herriot.” The Dalesman "A great story-teller" Newcastle Chronicle The author of the best-selling The Inn at the Top is back with more tales of the highest inn in Britain, in the most wild and windswept corner of the Yorkshire Dales. Joining the extraordinary cast of local char “Massively readable, full of rich anecdote, amusing characters.” Gervase Phinn “Reminiscent of James Herriot.” The Dalesman "A great story-teller" Newcastle Chronicle The author of the best-selling The Inn at the Top is back with more tales of the highest inn in Britain, in the most wild and windswept corner of the Yorkshire Dales. Joining the extraordinary cast of local characters are a theatrical pet piglet, a punk barmaid with shocking pink hair, two Australian handymen and a Walter Mittyesque chef. The naive young couple who ran the inn in the late 1970s return and buy it five years later. Stumbling from one crisis to another, they somehow transform it from a decrepit local curiosity into a thriving, nationally-known inn. They also “conquer Everest” by getting the double-glazing company to film a TV commercial at the inn. Enter Ted Moult and his famous feather to keep the gales off the ales… Full of warmth and humour, the beauty of the Dales countryside and the quirks of the characters who inhabit it, Pigs Might fly paints an unforgettable portrait of a unique place and way of life in a now-vanished era.

30 review for Pigs Might Fly: More Dales Tales from the author of The Inn at the Top

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Turnbull

    Easy read, amusing

  2. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Hawkin

    It was okay..... some bits were of interest, but on the whole I just found it very repetitive and as with the first book, in need of a decisive handed editing. Some stories were repeated from the first book, and the author even tells some stories in this 2nd book twice! Or he mentions certain characters - and tells us all about their peculiar history - again. He devotes a whole chapter to a pig that he kept, and spends at least 5 pages rabbiting on about how much the pig eats.... Given that the It was okay..... some bits were of interest, but on the whole I just found it very repetitive and as with the first book, in need of a decisive handed editing. Some stories were repeated from the first book, and the author even tells some stories in this 2nd book twice! Or he mentions certain characters - and tells us all about their peculiar history - again. He devotes a whole chapter to a pig that he kept, and spends at least 5 pages rabbiting on about how much the pig eats.... Given that the author is supposedly an editor I find this rather strange. Perhaps editing ones own work is harder than editing someone else’s. The story doesn’t even get on to the actual Inn till page 100, and a lot of the story up till then seemed to be completely unnecessary - more about the life and times of Neil Hanson than a story of the Inn at the Top. I managed to get to the end but I must admit I skimmed read and skipped rather a lot.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Berry

    Hugely enjoyable read! I really must pay The Inn At The Top a visit when I'm next lucky enough to visit that part of the Yorkshire Dales! Hugely enjoyable read! I really must pay The Inn At The Top a visit when I'm next lucky enough to visit that part of the Yorkshire Dales!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Howard Weaver

    oh don't we all wish we had had those experiences. Hard at times but rewarding and memories to treasure. A lucky man oh don't we all wish we had had those experiences. Hard at times but rewarding and memories to treasure. A lucky man

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Green

    A most enjoyable read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Hutchinson

  7. 4 out of 5

    Martin Millow

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patmowag

  9. 5 out of 5

    teresa abbott

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicky Saville

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Joanne Shannon

  12. 5 out of 5

    Isabel Mitson

  13. 5 out of 5

    D P Warren

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rob Fearnley

  15. 5 out of 5

    LAURENCE DONOVAN

  16. 5 out of 5

    david crux

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Turner

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shimeem

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra K. Borregaard

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judith Ferris

  21. 5 out of 5

    pam renhard

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane Millow

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phil Morrison

  24. 4 out of 5

    THOMAS BIRKS

  25. 4 out of 5

    caroline robinson

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Brown

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mr Clive Mitchell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Muriel Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Tomlinson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly

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