Harry Hop-Pole (The Wispy Gorman Stories) Paperback – 1 Nov 2011
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'A tale of vaulting ambition.' - Magnus Mills 'I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this.' --New Books Magazine.
'Described as an epic tale that tells the story of one man s heroic struggle against listlessness, boredom, and the help of friends , Harry Hop-Pole is a comic novel, and one that stands out for its subject matter if nothing else. The story follows our protagonist Dick Scabbit, star of the Wispy Gorman Stories, and his friend, the titular Harry (that is, he of the Hop-Pole). After discovering Harry is quite good at jumping over things, Dick Scabbit sets himself on a mission to prepare his friend for the biggest challenge of all the Olympic games. This quest takes him on a strange journey to procure not only the material for a pole, but the means of making a pole capable of competing with the modern apparatus used by the likes of the American Jake Cranebilt and the Great Russian, Jumping Jinski. I ll be honest with you here readers, I m struggling for words with this review. There aren t really that many books that compare with Harry Hop-Pole, and for this reason, I would definitely say it s worth a read. It stands tall as a comic novel that presents something a little bit different to the norm.' --M.J.Ryder
'Olympic Fiction takes humour to new heights in Harry Hop-Pole. For a light-hearted and humorous take on the under-appreciated sport of pole-vaulting, look no further than this lovely little book. A perfect size for fitting in your pocket and reading in sunny spots. Just don't be surprised if you get odd looks from passing strangers as you chuckle away to yourself while enjoying all the eccentric characters that crop up on every page!' --Mr B's (Independent Bookshop of the Year 2008 and 2011)
'Perhaps the finest novel about pole-vaulting ever written.' --Sir Bernard Mikalis
'Olympic Fiction takes humour to new heights in Harry Hop-Pole. For a light-hearted and humorous take on the under-appreciated sport of pole-vaulting, look no further than this lovely little book. A perfect size for fitting in your pocket and reading in sunny spots. Just don't be surprised if you get odd looks from passing strangers as you chuckle away to yourself while enjoying all the eccentric characters that crop up on every page!' --Mr B's (Independent Bookshop of the Year 2008 and 2011) 'Perhaps the finest novel about pole-vaulting ever written.' -- --Sir Bernard Mikalis
About the Author
Harry Hop-Pole is the first in a series of books by Wispy Gorman. The other titles include: Chef of Distinction! The Ray of Truth, and The Finger of Destiny.
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Top Customer Reviews
What follows is a story of accidents and bumbling mistakes but it's also about the triumph of the underdog and the comic situations which arise when local people decide to create their own Olympic champion pole vaulter. I enjoyed reading this amusing story and learned far more about pole vaulting than I ever wanted to know or ever thought I would know.
I liked the illustrations and the asides from the book's editor and I enjoyed the characters and the lack of swearing which can be all too prevalent in some comic novels. This is a quick and easy read but if you're looking for something light hearted and vaguely topical then give this a try. It reminded me somewhat of J K Carr's novels and it portrays a similar view of England to that displayed in Colin Watson's Flaxborough novels.
Feels good, too, sort of old-fashioned & classic with cool charcoal drawings & obviously fictitious background info. Indulge yourself & enjoy! This is what rainy afternoons are for!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it. Charming and quirky. Great for both children and adults. And of course "possibly the greatest book ever written about pole vaulting"!!!Published on 22 May 2012 by David Harrod
This book is funny, entertaining and quirky. an ideal read for a short journey. accompanying the text are some fun illustrations. i highly recommend this little book.Published on 11 Nov. 2011 by Claire
This is a humorous and whimsical little book and is beautifully produced with charming illustrations. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2011 by Veronica
This a must for a Christmas tree or after-dinner present.
It is an easy amusing read, yet the subtle descriptions have great depth. Read more
Harry HopPole is an intriguing and really witty book that I couldn't put down.
All the characters are really brilliantly observed and so I really warmed to Harry's world... Read more