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At one time pretty much everyone knew the name of Horace de Vere Cole, the greatest practical joker ever. Importantly, there has never been a full biographer of this unusual character, because his family have, until now, denied access to his papers. Here, Martyn Downer has the full cooperation of the family.

ISBN: 9780948238468 Author: Downer, Martyn Publisher: TURNAROUND PUBLISHER SERVICES Publication Date: 7th February 2011 Imprint: Black Spring Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 001.95092 (edition:22) Pages: 320 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

At one time pretty much everyone knew the name of Horace de Vere Cole, the greatest practical joker ever. But there has never been a full biography of this fascinating character, because his family have, until now, denied access to his papers. Finally, Downer now has the full cooperation of the family. Cole’s comic inventiveness was extraordinary – he once organised a party in which all the guests had the word ‘bottom’ in their surname (i.e. Winterbottom). Much more than a catalogue of his pranks, though, this biography is a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating man.

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