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LES DAWSON
The Malady Lingers On
and Other Great Groaners


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Arrow, London, 1982
(price: 1.25; 112 pages)


The blurb on the back:

When my laundry business was washed up I didn't take a powder even though I had no money to tide me over. Surfice it to say, it was a case of ariel today and gone tomorrow, I persillony vouch for that...
I love puns. The art of punning needs a swift mind, high intelligence and raw courage, especially if you're in a strange pub. It gets rid of dull relatives and raises the spirits in times of stress.
So for those of you still undaunted, enter now the world of the twisted wordsmith - buy this book, dear friend, and with the money I can seek treatment.
Les Dawson


You like puns? No? Well, this is a waste of time for you then.

You may think you're a fan of Les Dawson, as we all are, but trust me this one just doesn't work. In fact it's all pretty much downhill from the opening gag ('I wouldn't say that my wife is fat, but she's got a fat butt'). Thereafter what you get is a series of tortuous and torturous little tales that lead to a supposed punch-line such as: 'A bleach of the priest' or 'When you hawk through a swarm, hold your hides up high, and drones be afraid of the dirk'. Like those irritating stories that Frank Muir and Denis Nordern used to do on My Word, you know?

Oh, you don't know. Well, here's a brief example on the theme of Hughie Green:

What isn't known to the general public is that Hughie Green was once employed as a servant in a Welsh mining town, and his employer was a writer by the name of Richard Llewelyn, that was his given name not a pen one, although he was Nibs to his neighbours because he could quill any disturbance. He looked at Hughie Green one day and got an inkling about a title for his new novel, and thus was born the famous story:

HUGHIE GREEN WAS MY VALET

As Q would have said in the old days, both boom and indeed boom. Bonus points for the photo on the cover, though.


ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE:
1/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT:
2/5


from the maker of:
Sez Les
A Card For The Clubs

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