If you are a reader of
The Perry Winkle (isn't everyone?) you will
be familiar with the jaunty style of Roger Robinson
and David Wyatt. The style spills over nicely into
this latest book.
Flick through the pages
and you will immediately admire the enormous number
of illustrations, backed up by a tremendous amount
of research. The book pieces together many things
you might have known before, but it mixes it
delightfully with so much in-depth new stuff that
we automatically delight in a refreshing look at
several disparate aspects of the Laurel and Hardy
We learn a lot about the
history of the London Palladium itself. We recap on
Stan's stage career, and then Ollie's. The teams'
visit to Britain in 1932 is covered. The
Driver's Licence sketch is discussed at
Eventually Laurel and
Hardy's appearance at the London Palladium in 1947
is chronicled in detail and the book goes on to
discuss other activities around that period, such
as the visit to Barkston and to the Romney Hythe
and Dymchurch Railway.
The Water Rats, the Royal
Command Performance and "The Final Curtain" are all
here and the mix simply adds up to a very smart
helping of nostalgia.
This book would make an
excellent Christmas present. Please buy it! It
deserves our support.