Tuesday, February 05, 2002

Oh joy! They've reprinted "Uncle": I remember discovering Uncle books in my local library in the early 1970s as a child of ten or eleven, and my memories of the books are very strong still, even though I haven't read them since. Who can possibly forget the extraordinarily vivid cast of rogues, cheats, bores and downright strange characters JP Martin created? He coined some of the best comic names in literature - positively Dickensian inventions, including: Jellytussle, Flabskin, Hitmouse and the Muncle, to name just a few. Or the wonderful brands and products - Black Tom and Leper Jack liquor (staple tipple at Badfort), or Koolvat (refreshing cordial served at Homeward, Uncle's skyscraper-towered castle).

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