Thursday, 6 December 2012

Advent - 6th December

Our friends on Orkney Library and Archive's Facebook page reminded us of another fabulous book to read at Christmas - John Masefield's The Box of Delights, which was adapted by the BBC in the 1980s into a genuinely chilling children's drama series. There is a clip of the opening sequence below - this still makes the hairs stand up on the back of our necks!

The Kirkwall library copy may be out on loan but never fear - come to Stromness and we can lend you not only The Box of Delights , but also the lesser known prequel The Midnight Folk - which tells of Kay Harker's first encounter with the evil Abner Brown.

There will be more books for Christmas to come, but we would love to hear your suggestions too - please tell us your favourite festive reads in the comments below.


  1. Oh, we watch this every year, making sure we watch the last episode on Christmas Eve. I was scared of it as a child but love it now. Finally read the book last year.

  2. Hi Katherine, we have the series on DVD and will also be watching it in the run up to Christmas - for once this is an adaptation of a book that really works. If no one else borrows it we will be taking The Midnight Folk home over the holidays :-)


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