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Second from Last in the Sack Race (Henry Pratt) Paperback – 7 Dec 1989

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (7 Dec. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749300973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749300975
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.6 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Nobbs s first break as a comedy writer came on the iconic satire show That Was The Week, That Was, hosted by David Frost. Later he wrote for The Frost Report and The Two Ronnies and provided material for many top comedians including Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd and Dick Emery. Apart from his twenty novels, David is best known for his two TV hit series A Bit of a Do and for The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. David Nobbs died in 2015 at the age of eighty. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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On March 13th 1935, at Number 23 Paradise Lane, Thurmarsh, Henry Pratt was born.
This is the story of young Henry's struggle from the poverty of South Yorkshire, through the hardship of World War II and the terror of public school.
Short sighted, plump un-athletic and over imaginative, with a parrot strangler for a father, Henry has the world against him from the outset. Especially with the prospect of war looming and the possibility of Hitler invading our Isles.
Throughout the story Henry tries in vain to find friends, religion, sex and the meaning of his own existence. What he finds is not what he expects.
Yet history loves a loser. And Henry is the typical anti-hero. This book is a thrilling tale of his battle to find frienship and happiness in a world where everyone and everything seems to be against him.
The book is pure fiction, yet it is written in such brilliant style that one cannot help but feel that somewhere at sometime Henry Pratt lived his hopeless existence. Nobbs manages to make a normal non-descript anti-hero and make him into a very real and lovable character. Very few writers can achieve this and Nobbs must be admired for his skill.
I have never laughed so much at one book. There are times when you want to laugh and times when you want to cry, but you will never stop smiling.
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This story tells of the life of young Henry Pratt. Born in Thurmarsh, he feels no real links to his mother, or his father, and to his schoolmates. The earlier parts of the story are set against the backdrop of The Second World War, in which Henry's father goes to fight, whilst he and his mother move to the country with family for safe-keeping. It tells quite a sorrowful tale of how Henry never quite fits in. He's seen as an evacuee by children in the country, and when he later moves back to the town, he is seen as a country child. Never the less, the insights into the mind of a young boy are delightful, the humour throughout is sublime, and the way his life is chronicled, from his realisation of his liking girls, as well as later exploring his sexuality, and tragic events within his life is wonderful. i also recommend the sequel to this, 'Pratt of the Argus', which chronicles the later life of Henry Pratt.
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This is billed as a funny book and there are indeed some laugh out loud scenes but it is also very sad and touching in places. The main character, Henry Pratt, endures real hardship and trauma in his early years and yet comes up smiling; they were made of sterner stuff in those days. It conjured up a time - the Second World War and aftermath - and a place - mainly Yorkshire - very well. There are some standout characters who are very vividly described. I really enjoyed reading it and want to read the subsequent titles in the series.
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This is one of my favourite ever books - I must have read it half a dozen times in total. It tells the poignant story of the poverty stricken Yorkshire childhood of a boy who struggles to fit in with the world around him. It's funny in most parts but awfully sad in others - I can't bear the scenes where his dad is no longer capable of properly caring for Henry. His childhhod is severly dislocated by his lack of a 'conventional' family background but his essential fighting spirit shines through and the reader will always be willing him on! If I had to take three books to a desert island this would be a definite choice (not sure about the other two!)
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I was given this book free many years ago in Barnsley market. For quite awhile it sat unread on my book shelf until one day having nothing to read I picked it out and started to read .I live quite close to where this fictions place of thurmarsh is so I could relate to the characters quite well . It is such an amusing book that at times you will have to laugh out loud We can all relate to the growing pains of Henry.and the difficulties he endures whilst growing from a boy to a man in post war Britain.Definitely my favourite book of all time and one I would choose to take with me on a desert island .Give yourself a treat and read this book
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One of the funniest and most poignant books I have read, possibly David Nobbs best. The early years in Yorkshire brought instant recognition from my father (more of that age). The difficulties and pitfalls of growing up would ring a chord somewhere with everyone.
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I've read and re-read this book many times since I was about 16, and it always makes me smile, always brings a lump to throat, always tugs at my heartstrings and always makes me want to cheer out loud Henry's (few) triumphs!
It's the story of a boy's childhood, and the many people he meets on that journey.
Perfect characters, beautiful dialogue and the authors wonderful eye for Northern nuances make this a delightful read. xx
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The funniest book I have ever read. As an earlier review said "There are times when you want to laugh and times when you want to cry, but you will never stop smiling". It is so poignant, and,in my view,by far the best of what went on to become the trilogy "The Complete Pratt".
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