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The last Englishman: An autobiography of Lieut-Col.Alfred Daniel Wintle M.C. (lst the Royal Dragoons) Hardcover – 1968

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First edition (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718106008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718106003
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Lee on 24 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
To describe Lt Col A.D. Wintle as a "a character" is the equivalent of saying "Cassius Clay could box a bit."
Wintle was a driven disciplinarian with incredibly high moral standards and a sense of what's right and what's not. And he wasn't afraid of speaking his mind.
His infectious manner of writing makes the reader warm to him even when he's at his vitriolic best. He was obviously very bright academically and something of a 'handful' for any superior who 'crossed him.' "I make it a point, never to be rude to anyone below the rank of Brigadier."
The BBC produced a one hour biopic some years ago with Jim Broadbent splendidly cast as Wintle. If you get the chance, try and resurrect it. Watching it is an hour well spent, (particularly the scene where A.D. threatens to shoot an tardy Air Commodore for 'treason.'
Wintle was the subject of a 'This is Your Life' show back in the 1960s too.
If it were possible, I'd award the book six stars, and A.D. himself, ten !

I note this book is now selling for £450. Borrow it from your local library. (I'm hanging on to my copy).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Grace on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the finest example of the true spirit of the Englishman, charachters like Lt Col AD Wintle MC seem unbelievable! That said here he is, a man of high morals, brave and with a wicked sense of humour, it took me years to find a copy of this book and I have read it several times since, a truely remarkable man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiva Diva on 14 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wonderful story of an amazing man. Utterly politically incorrect, but very brave and humorous. Worth reading just for the story of his court-martial and his battle with the solicitor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Politically Incorrect but a great book! 21 Oct. 2004
By Paul Spice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Wintle gives us an insight into the great British character that gave rise to the British Empire. Whatever you think of the result, it was a great achievement, and Wintle's stories of righting injustice make amusing and educating reading. It's a picture of "Britishness" which is now out of fashion, but there are valuable lessons still to be learned. In this age of Political Correctness, we must not throw out the baby with the bath water.

A funny book which will leave the reader thinking about how society has developed in the last 100 years.

Well worth the effort of finding and buying this out-of-print book.
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