The Best of Beachcomber - J. B. (John Bingham) MortonLondon: Heinemann, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with tape reinforcement to the verso top edge. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Gift inscription to the first blank.
From the cover: “You miserable, wall-eyed, sheep-faced, spavined, long-eared, lily-livered pig, I care less than nothing for you and your rotten little opinions.
Thus Beachcomber reviles poor Prodnose, alias his unsuspecting reader. Aficionados of the ‘By the Way’ column in the Daily Express will by now be immune from such onslaughts, for they have been exposed to them since the early nineteen-twenties when J. B. Morton started to write as Beachcomber. Today, eighteen books later and with his column still flourishing, Beachcomber’s Rabelaisian nonsense, caustic parodies and his splendid gang of characters have become legendary. Cocklecarrot, Foulenough, Stultitia Cabstanleigh, Big White Carstairs and the rest have been around for a long time, but age has not withered them. In this book, Michael Frayn has selected the most memorable of their historic exploits — Carstairs manfully refusing to salute his shirt as it is hauled up a flagpost of the Empire, Cocklecarrot’s legal tangle with the twelve red-bearded dwarfs (Mr Tinkle-bury Snapdriver for the plaintiff), Captain Foulenough’s purloinment of the Parliamentary mace, and many more. And among other things the reader will find here the A. A. Milne parodies, the story of Thunderbolt Footle, the inventive genius of Dr Strabismus (Whom God Preserve) of Utrecht, the Filthistan Trio and the Clam of Chowdah. The rest, as Beachcomber might say, belongs to history.”