Hippies, Vandals and an Alien called Pete

by: Chris Ormondroyd

What is quirky about the lives of a group of late 60’s hippies? Chris Ormondroyd combines anecdotal biography with elements of science fiction and a bonus of political history, in this tale of endearing characters traversing the gap between their parents’ era and the emerging cynicism of political kingmakers.

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Five stars on Amazon: - A Really enjoyable read. Humour, philosophy and politics mix together perfectly in this book. Captures and evokes the era as only someone could if they had actually lived it. Great book. Amazon customer


‘Locally, Chris Ormondroyd’s debut novel oustripped bestsellers like ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a Small Island.’ ‘Windhill Tales,’ a fictionalised account of life in Yorkshire in the 1960’s, struck a chord with many people, leading to 400 copies being sold in eight months (two every day) at Dillon’s in Market Street. It featured in the shop’s top twenty for eleven months with orders received from across Britain as well as overseas.


Now, the former Salt Grammar School pupil has penned a sequel. ‘Hippies, Vandals and an Alien called Pete,’ is a quirky view of the late 60’s and 70’s. It is partly autobiographic, partly philosophic and partly a political commentary on developments in our recent past. The book is a true rite of passage – it is easy to read, fast paced and a lot of fun. It is made more enjoyable by the local settings. Anyone living in that era who wants to relive their youth will enjoy this book.’

‘Telegraph and Argus’ Bradford, West Yorkshire – August 6th 2016

‘A cracking read for all those of us who lived through that era.’   D. Mason