Saturday, 30 July 2016

"Porterhouse Blue" By Tom Sharpe, Cover Illustration By Paul Sample (published by Arrow Books in 2002, first published in 1974 by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd)

 I bought the whole box set of these books - eight in all - some twelve years ago specially for Paul Sample's stunning illustrations. I've actually read most of them and they are incredibly funny - Sharpe is a master at creating these stuck-up characters, oblivious to how they are affecting people around them which leads to tragic situations - always hilarious though! "Porterhouse Blue" was adapted for a TV series for Channel 4, starring David Jason and "Wilt" for a 1990 film with Griff Rhys Jones and Mel Smith. "Blott On The Landscape" was also made into a mini TV series in 1985, starring David Suchet.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

"Visiting The Foxes" By Nicolas Bebbington, Illustrated By R.M. Turvey (published by Blandford Press Ltd, London - mid 1940's) - Part 2

Couldn't find any information on R.M. Turvey who created these beautiful pictures for thi and a number of other Nicolas Bebbington books. This is a first edition book and the printing quality is superb but, annoyingly, the  publication date is nowhere to be found! - perhaps there is a page missing. I am guessing from a quick search on the internet that it was published in the mid to late 1940's.