Second from Last in the Sack Race (Henry Pratt) Paperback – 7 Dec 1989
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the funniest books I have ever read,laugh out loud funny,read it original in 80's just revisited via Kindle,great read.Published 11 months ago by Papadok
the whole series is excellent and recommended to anyone wanting well written and humorous books with a strong Yorkshire flavourPublished 11 months ago by sallybee
First David Nobbs book I have read, brilliant, won't be the last.Published 12 months ago by Saxophone Joe
I am enjoying this funny and touching book but it seems to be going on forever. It is a portrait of a childhood that has gonePublished on 29 May 2013 by Ms. D. Simon