Uncle does not often go on holiday as very few hotels provide beds big enough for elephants. At Sunset Beach he hopes for a real rest and change, but almost at once fifty camels, led by the courteous Claudius, arrive with news of trouble at his great castle of Homeward. From this moment his attempts to have a holiday are interrupted by one unexpected happening after another. Uncle and his faithful followers rescue holiday-makers from the sinister Wheel House, use paraballoons at the Fun Fair, and face a fearful monster at Water-Step Hill. There's the noisy braying affair of Idleass and Hot Donk; Fishy William at Comfort Cove; breakfast with the miraculous Singing Flower; high tea with the Glenmore Giraffes. A succession of fantastic adventures lead to the awesome moment when Uncle is chained and helpless at the mercy of the Badfort Crowd in Beaver Hateman's Chamber of Horrors. Can Uncle possibly escape this time?
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J.P.Martin was born in Scarborough in 1879. He became a Methodist minister in 1902 and served as a missionary in South Africa and as an army chaplain in Palestine in 1918 at the time when Allenby and T.E. Lawrence overwhelmed the Turks. J.P.Martin and his wife Nancy moved circuits every three years and worked among miners and slum dwellers, as well as among the comfortably off. He started telling the Uncle stories before the First World War and in 1934 the writers Stella Martin and R.N Currey urged him to write them down; it took thirty years before they got them accepted by Jonathan Cape in the satire rich sixties. Reviewers welcomed each of the six books as they were published between 1964 and 1973 with comparisons to Edward Lear and Alice. The Observer described him as 'a master in the great English nonsense tradition.' J.P.Martin was 84 when Uncle was published and he charmed everyone on radio and television. He was able to enjoy his late success before he died two years later in 1986.Review:
"A riot of nonsense and adventure, may well become a classic in the great English nonsense tradition" Observer "Joyously surreal, set in landscapes full of toffee, deferential choirs of badgers, heavenly water-slides and velvet chairs ... Their pachydermous protagonist governs a benevolent plutocracy- but the books' great joy is the frequent sly and subtle lampooning of his capitalist pomp" Guardian "The books are very funny, installing a large cast of unlikely characters ... in a world of mildly squiffy logic ... And the illustrations are among Quentin Blake's best work, scrawls and splotches that finally and unarguably distil character. But most important, this is political satire of a high order - Animal Farm for pre-teens, but wittier and more relevant to our own world" Independent "Few books are laugh-out-loud funny; fewer still are the children's books that have you stifling titters on the train ... Uncle is a brilliantly sustained exercise in nonsense, played with the straightest of faces" Financial Times "You ask any class "Who's heard of Alice in Wonderland" and up goes a forest of hands. Uncle is on the same level and should be more widely read and enjoyed" The Junior Bookshelf
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1969. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. First printing hardcover. This is an ex-library book with only 3 internal inkstamps as markings. Otherwise, the book is good plus with the first free endpaper removed, shelfwear and lightly bumped corners. There is no dust jacket. A nice example of a very scarce book. Expedited international shipping is not available. The delivery expectation for international shipping is 7-32 business days, depending upon customer location. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 006684
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1969. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First printing hardcover. The book is very good with shelfwear, bumped corners and a bit of fading to the spine. The mylar protected dust jacket is near very good with corners clipped (but NOT price clipped), rubbing, edgewear, a couple of small tears and some creasing. A nice example of a very scarce book. Expedited international shipping is not available. The delivery expectation for international shipping is 7-32 business days, depending upon customer location. Bookseller Inventory # 005898