Laurel and Hardy
and the
Sons of the Desert
are at the heart of
Bowler Dessert Online

It Sure Is

Book review

 

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 narrative.

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 length.

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.

Willie McIntyre