... An account of Ko-Ko's Little Lists [that] will be music to your ears. Beginning with a brief history of The Mikado, this hearty collaboration focuses on the way contemporary politics and society are freshly lampooned in each season's book. -- Melissa Katsoulis, The Sunday Telegraph Lincoln Allison, The Social Affairs Unit
A delightful biography of one of the most entertaining songs in the English language. -- English National Opera
An amusing review of recent political scandal and sleaze... Handsomely illustrated throughout, but especially valuable for some early Japonaiserie...
-- John Allison, The Daily Telegraph
It's a great delight to have a complete anthology of Richard's rhymic ribaldries from which the reader can appreciate the social and political idiocies of two decades. Bravissimo! -- Sir Jonathan Miller, from the foreword
Richard Suart [is] a Grossmith de nos jours. -- Lincoln Allison, The Social Affairs Unit
From the Author
I first sang Ko-Ko for English National Opera in 1988, and to celebrate my first 20 years, I have cast my mind back over some of those `Society Offenders' whom I have included; 192 pages in full colour!
Written with ASH Smyth and published by Pallas Athene, it was launched on 23rd January; twenty years of my lists are condensed into a dozen chapters, and there are guest lists - Tim Rice, Jeff Randall and the great American poet John Hollander are among those who have offered their parodies, as well as many well loved G&S enthusiasts. Nicholas Garland has allowed me to reprint one of his famous cartoons of Margaret Thatcher with her `list,' and there are many other illustrations and cartoons - I promise you, there are some fascinating surprises!