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In this amusing collection of articles and essays, A P Herbert ponders the world around him in his own inimitable style. Witty, droll and a respecter of no man, the admirable APH provides a series of hilarious and unique sketches – and gently points the finger at one or two of our own idiosyncrasies. Such comic dexterity and inspired versatility is beautifully enhanced by a string of ingenious illustrations.
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Overview

In this amusing collection of articles and essays, A P Herbert ponders the world around him in his own inimitable style. Witty, droll and a respecter of no man, the admirable APH provides a series of hilarious and unique sketches – and gently points the finger at one or two of our own idiosyncrasies. Such comic dexterity and inspired versatility is beautifully enhanced by a string of ingenious illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842325889
  • Publisher: House of Stratus, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2014
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.13 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert was born in 1890 and educated at Winchester and Oxford. Having achieved a first in Jurisprudence, he then joined the Royal Navy and served both at Gallipoli and in France during the First World War. He was called to the Bar in 1918, but never practised, having established himself at a young age as a lauded writer of verses. Later, he went on to become Member of Parliament for Oxford University from 1935 to 1950.

Throughout his life A.P. Herbert was a prolific writer, delighting his many readers with his witty observations and social satires in the columns of Punch. He often used his column in aid of causes, and was a tireless campaigner for reform, especially of the then divorce laws, the denouncing of injustice, and also as a dedicated conserver of the River Thames. He conducted a long standing campaign against jargon and ‘officialese’. However, this was always done utilising his characteristic wry humour and a great sense of fun. He created a host of colourful characters – notably Topsy, Albert Haddock and Mr Honeybubble – and wrote novels, poems, musicals, essays, sketches and articles.

By the time of his death in 1971, Herbert had gained a considerable following and was highly regarded in literary circles. J.M. Barrie, Hilaire Belloc, Rudyard Kipling and John Galsworthy all delighted in his work, and H.G. Wells once applauded him stating: ‘You are the greatest of great men. You can raise delightful laughter and that is the only sort of writing that has real power over people like me.’

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Table of Contents

Wrong Numbers 1
The Genius of Mr Bradshaw 7
Five Inches. The Great Joke 12
Reading Without Tears 16
On with the Dance 22
The Autobiography 28
The White Spat 33
The Art of Drawing 41
About Bathrooms 46
A Criminal Type 51
The Art of Poetry 56
The Book of Jonah 75
The Mystery of the Apple-Pie Beds 83
The Grasshopper 89
Little Bits of London
I The Supreme Court 94
II The Bear-Garden 99
III Billingsgate 104
IV The Bloater Show 110
V Bond Street 115
The Little Guiggols
I The Missing Star 120
II The Lurch 125
III Number Seven 130
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