Here, at last, is a genuine comic novel that will appeal to devotees of Beachcomber, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, and the Ealing Comedies. Harry Hop-Pole tells the story of an unlikely sporting hero who enters the Olympics as a Pole-Vaulter.--'They came from every corner of the globe. They came to compete. To see who among them could jump the highest. But only one will emerge victorious. Will it be the reigning champion, the American Jake Cranebilt the one with the beautiful teeth? Will it be the Great Russian Jumping Jinkski who grew up in the freezing wastes of Irkutsk and has very long legs? Or will it be our very own Harry Hop-Pole? From the lower bar of the Dog and Bucket pub to a vast arena with thousands watching, this epic tale tells the story of one man s heroic struggle against listlessness, boredom and the help of friends.