Bilberry Pie

‘Bilberry Pie and other Tasty Tales‘ is an anthology by the six original members of the Egton Bridge Writers’ Group. The delightful book is divided into four sections.  ‘Spirit of Place’ explores the legends and history behind local landmarks such as a famous packhorse bridge and a resurrected secret pond in the heart of the moors as well as Whitby’s ghostly, dramatic past.  This part of the book also celebrates life on the North York Moors, its landscapes, natural wonders and people.  In the title story, ‘Bilberry Pie’, a young girl stumbles upon a mystery during a misty moorland walk.

In ‘Colourful Characters’  an old dog learns new tricks in ‘Life’s A Bitch’ and an  exhausted hostess feels she is losing control in ‘Garlic For Breakfast’.  There are accounts of comic encounters with sheep, snowbound villages, jumble sale scrums and anxious moments preparing for a village show.  You’ll find a difficult teenager, a surly foreman at a ‘pick your own’ fruit farm, a miner who accidentally finds a new career, a cheeky pheasant and a lonely little lad who finds acceptance at a new school.  In the third part of the book, ‘Thoughts from Abroad’, writers describe their personal experiences in their travels to Italy, Africa and Florida.

The final section, ‘Fancies, Friends and Feelings’, completes the book with reflections on love, loss and friendship.

‘BILBERRY PIE’ is attractively illustrated by the authors’ own sketches and photographs, many of which are in colour.  This varied compilation would make a perfect bedtime or holiday read, a souvenir to take home from the moors or an unusual present.

Writers' Anthology

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