The blurb on the back:
Frankie Howerd is Lurcio in Up Pompeii!.
Up Pompeii!, of course, you'll remember was a successful vehicle for Frankie Howerd, a show that harnessed his rambling delivery to a traditional sitcom format, complete with implausible plot contrivances. Although the TV series (which ran for two seasons in 1969-70) wasn't bad, the 1971 big-screen movie stretched the formula far too thin, and this novelization of the movie is really a complete waste of time. It sticks pretty close to the screenplay by Sid Collin and Talbot Rothwell, but in the absence of Our Francis arching his eyebrows, what's the point?
I have no idea who William Rand was, but the British Library lists just three works by him: Up Pompeii!, Up The Chastity Belt and Up The Front. Surely it's a pseudonym?
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5