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About the Author
Derek J Ripley’s unrivalled passion for local history dates back longer than he can remember. Born in Preston, he has lived at various times in most places in the North West. He was made redundant from his job as a librarian following local government cutbacks and now lives in Birkenhead, where he does occasional voluntary work.
In 2012, his first book Forgotten Lancashire & Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral established his reputation as the master of ‘fact-free’ history. Derek likes nothing better than sitting down in a bookshop with a nice café latte and a couple of good history books. He is an avid listener — and sometime contributor to — local radio and has penned a regular column for Lancashire Life magazine since 2012.
Married to Nataya whom he met at a local history convention in Bangkok, he is now working on his next project, The Complete and Utter Book of Tripe! due for publication later in 2013.
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There are also comical biogs, eg, "David Nivea" , "Beryl Flynn".
It's one of those books that doesn't require one to read it in one sitting - you can dip in and out of it and still appreciate it. Those of us of....er....a certain age will have seen or at least remember most of the early films, even if by name alone, so I don't know, I may be wrong when I say I'm not sure if some of the humour and clever turns of phrase would be fully appreciated by non-film buffs of the younger generation. Nevertheless, I still think this book deserves a chance, whatever your age.
Here there are more puns, semi-barbed opinions, tongue-in-cheek comments than I care to remember. The references to all things Lancastrian are too numerous to mention; still funny even if you don't come from that part of the world. The comments and jokes continue relentlessly. Even the Appendix section is worth reading, as well as the footnotes. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to write these.
Well done, Dr. Ripley.
All in all, a very funny book for readers with a healthy sense of humour. I have to say I enjoyed it tremendously.
"The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock" would make a perfect coffee-table book, birthday or Christmas gift. Highly recommended.
If you are interested in the Lancashire film industry, together with the work of Spatchcock & Blunt and the colourful life of stars such as Charles Hankie, David Nivea, Beryl Flynn and Little Billy Protheroe then I urge you to buy this book.
To those of you who have never seen a Spatchcock may I wet your appetite with some of his most famous titles "The Best Lidl Warehouse in Toxteth" "Wendy Does Wigan" "Paint Your Drag On" "Rosemary's Gravy" and, of course, to my mind his greatest film ever "A Taste of Honeycombe"
Because of the many scenes portraying an ordinary Lancashire family enjoying plates of Tripe "Honeycombe" was considered unsuitable for younger audiences and was therefore awarded a rare British Board of Film Censors Certificate 'Over 85'
Strephon Talkmound, the other great director, once said "Spatchcock is an Enigma" - How true.
I'm certain you will greatly enjoy this book. Thank you Dr Ripley.
With more puns than you can shake a clapperboard at and stars who sound vaguely like the real ones, this book will have you laughing in the aisles - if you see what I mean. Well done Dr Ripley! PS It's probably cheaper than a cinema ticket these days too...
Loved Dr. Ripley's first book 'Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire & the Wirral', so I knew this would be a treat of a read.
I wasn't disappointed.
Get it, got it, loved it.
Looking forward to dipping into again, and again, to savour any gems I might have missed.
More please, Dr. Ripley.
Your number 1 fan, Ernest Merlady, Wigan Pier Apartments, Lancashire (as was.)
This mighty tome, the result of several hours of research, lays bare the tale of two of the early pioneers of moving picture history. Dr Derek J Ripley has scoured the rubbish bins and bric-a-brac stalls as far afield as Birkenhead to piece together this history. And what a story! Here we learn of the drama, the stars, the tripe, that made 20th Century Spatchcock. Read about Frank Hindle, one of the great comedians of his time, who made the mighty `Summat' series. In the unforgettable role of `Owd Bob the zookeeper', his contorted antics attempting to control an orangutan with flatulence during a royal visit earned the accolade of "Quite good as far as he goes" from no less a personage than Gracie Failsworth herself!
We know that, of the 20,000 or so films made in Hollinwood, most of which were lost or destroyed (sometimes accidentally), too few remain, but this book gives us a taste of what was. If you read only one book on 20th Century Spatchcock make it this one!