Punch in the country by Alan Coren lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Hutchinson, 1975, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: In all but the most callous and unconcerned of us, the fear is daily growing that pretty soon the only way we shall be able to distinguish between town and country is that the country will be rustier.
And whether the junk now littering so much of our landscape is man-built or merely man-deposited matters less than the obvious truth that it usually has less to commend it than the humblest tree. If, indeed, you get the chance these days to compare the two: because, if only God can make a tree, only man can make a sideboard.
And yet theres still hope, in that we, and those that run us, are slowly-waking to this truth; waking, it has to be said, much in the manner of a dehibernating tortoise, but waking.
This book is about both these broad aspects, about the country past and the country present, with a vision or two, good and bad, about the country future. Its about urban creep and country recoil, and about the ubiquitously contested frontiers between concrete and grass, and about the people who inhabit both.
And because we believe that there is no more piquant and palatable sauce for truth than humour and satire, the writers and artists who have contributed to this brilliant mosaic are not merely the best in the business, theyre also the funniest: Keith Waterhouse, Paul Jennings, George Melly, Thelwell, Wolf Mankowitz, Alan Coren, Miles Kington, ffolkes, Michael Parkinson, John Wells, Larry, Alan Brien, Hunter Davies, John Arlott, Tidy, John Crosby, Basil Boothroyd, James Cameron, and many, many more.
They just hope their joint message gets across, thats all. Itd be one hell of a waste if it didnt. Remember, this book was a tree, once.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. 11¼” x 8½”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Humour category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!