Beachcomber (J.B. Morton) has long been regarded as one of the greatest English comic writers, to be ranked alongside Lear, Carroll and P.G. Wodehouse. And yet, perhaps because his work appeared originally in newspaper form, it has not always been easily available to his many admirers.
This book is the largest collection of Beachcomber's work ever made in one volume. It contains all Beachcomber's best known characters - Mr Justice Cocklecarrott and the Red Bearded Dwarfs, Dr Strabismus (Whom God Preserve) of Utrecht, Mrs McGurlgle of Marine House, Captain Foulenough, Charlie Suet and of course the Filthistan Trio -- as well as others who are perhaps not so familiar, such as "Thunderbolt" Foootle, and Mr. Oswald Thake and his valet Saunders. Also included are some of Beachcomber's finest parodies, of, among others, A.A. Milne and John Buchan.
J.B. Morton celebrates in 1974 his fiftieth year as Beachcomber -- a unique journalistic achievement. Richard Ingrrams, Editor of Private Eye and a life-long admirer of Beachcomber's writings, has assembled this hilarious new collection to celebrate the event, and has also contributed a biographical introduction.
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