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Topic Summary - Displaying 15 post(s).
Posted by: Marshall Posted on: 01. Jun 2006 at 01:47
I first read Three Cheers For Me when I was only 16 and even more than two decades have passed since then, when I think about BW I still have difficulty accepting the fact that he is not an actual person. Donald Jack's  knowledge of history and his ability to weave the story line into this background was incredible! In my opinion there will never be another author capable of such creativity and humour.
Posted by: OldSoak Posted on: 14. Apr 2005 at 02:48
Thanks for the advice on Me Too. Ordered it from Hampstead, and it arrived today. The Redhead and I are going to have an argument over who gets to read it first.  

Will also keep my eye open for the Stalin book this fall.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 01. Apr 2005 at 12:25
The new final volume, Stalin vs Me, should be out by the end of the summer too - it will most likely be published in the same trade paperback size of the recent re-issues. So that's another one you might want to get to round out your collection.
Posted by: OldSoak Posted on: 01. Apr 2005 at 03:35
Many thanks, FA. I will check with them. I should probably replace  the whole set, since the oldest is ... well, old. It's an ancient PaperJacks, and like the other two of the first three (I can't help but think of them that way) is getting yellow and tattered.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 31. Mar 2005 at 15:15
Me Too has being remaindered, but I recently saw copies at:
which are pretty cheap. They'll disappear quickly at that price...
Posted by: OldSoak Posted on: 31. Mar 2005 at 03:00
Well, how about this? Just got through rereading my Bandy collection, and noticing (yet again) I'm missing Me, Too, decided to see if it's available anywhere. I see that it is, sort of, as a part of a collection (what is it? Vol. 4 to 7 or something.) What's that all about, can someone tell me?

Anyway, my search brought me here, amongst the Bandyites, and glad I am of it, too.

Incidently, my gales of laughter persuaded my wife, who was  disgusted with me reading snippets aloud and guffawing loudly, to dive into them. She's blessed with an Anglo-Irish-Canadian sense of humour (as in she LOVES the Hitchhiker series) and is thoroughly hooked.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 26. May 2003 at 23:10
The text that's now published as It's Me Again was originally (back in the 70's) published in two forms, as a single volume [It's Me Again] and as two separate volumes [It's Me Again & Me Among the Ruins]. In the latest printing, part one corresponds to the separate printing of It's Me Again while part two is the stuff that was in the separate Me Among the Ruins volume. So, to answer your question, Me Among the Ruins has been annexed once more to It's Me Again, and disappears as a separate title, making Me Bandy, You Cissie the fourth volume.

Regarding the radio drama, I was able to track down a copy of it (you can get a lot of interesting things through your local public library!). Mono LP records of the broadcast were made in 1973 by Radio Canada International, which used to have a record label prior to mid-90s budget cuts. There were five episodes of about 1/2 hour each, starring Don Harron as Bandy.
Posted by: Rex Posted on: 26. May 2003 at 20:48
So, it turns out I'm not the only Bandyite in Canada!  Ever since turning the first few pages of, "Three Cheers For Me," way back in '73, I've been hooked on Bandy, and re-read the entire series every few years.  Better humour is very hard to find, indeed.

Being a Canadian history buff, I particularly enjoy Donald Jack's take on our past.  Might be there is a grain of truth in there, somewhere between the cajoling, guffawing and caterwalling; or between a couple of buxom blondes!

One thing that has mystified me all this time is the confusion over which book comprises the fourth volume of the series:  is it, "Me Among the Ruins" or "Me Bandy, You Cissie?"  It would appear that now, "Me Among the Ruins" has been merged with, "It's Me Again."

Can anyone clear this up before I take this mystery into senility with me?

/The CBC seemed fairly uninterested in its existence when I inquired. / (Quoting from above)

The CBC is fairly uninterested in anything, period.  Take for example the recent passing of our old and dear friend, Bob Kerr.  After spending the last three decades of his career in their service, the only thing in the CBC 'archives' is the news story of his passing.  Such a waste.

You would think the public purse would be funding a little for posterity, but that's radio.  Chances are very good that any tapes of Jack's radio plays have long be purged from their library.  Quite likely only two people on earth will still have tapes in their possession, Don, and his agent.

Posted by: David_Calderisi - Ex Member Posted on: 31. Mar 2003 at 23:15
Thanks for the good advice. We'll see what happens.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 31. Mar 2003 at 23:04

On the website of Jack's publisher:

there's an address for mail to authors, which they forward regularly. That would be the best way to contact Jack directly. If you would like to discuss the radio rights with McClelland & Stewart, there is also an e-mail address for rights inquiries. Depending on his contract, it could be that radio rights would be handled by either McClelland & Stewart or Jack (or his agent).

PS - There was a radio play of Three Cheers for Me, apparently, back in the 60's, but I have never been able to find out anything more about it. The CBC seemed fairly uninterested in its existence when I inquired.
Posted by: David Calderis Posted on: 31. Mar 2003 at 17:16
.  "That's Me in the Middle" was such a good story and SO funny that I kept having to leave my compartment to go into hysterics in the corridor.  It was the funniest book I had ever read.



I know exactly what you mean. My wife knows I'm reading a Bandy book when I sit alone in the living room and find myself laughing so hard I can't see the page for the tears.
Posted by: David Calderisi Posted on: 31. Mar 2003 at 17:11
Thanks for the reply. I know Mr. Jack was born in the UK and so it's not surprising that he has returned there. I'm very interested in trying to contact him to see if he'd be willing to consider a project for a radio treatment of the Bandy Adventures.
Posted by: Forum Administrator Posted on: 31. Mar 2003 at 14:00
>Tell me, does anyone know if Donal Jack is still alive? And where he resides?

I believe he currently resides in the U.K., having moved there a few years ago.
Posted by: David Calderisi Posted on: 30. Mar 2003 at 19:37
It's great to find a site devoted to the wonderfully mad genius of Donald Jack and his horse-faced hero. I'm a Canadian, and I'm often --- very often --- appalled at how unknown Bandy is here in his own country. It's something that Canada is well known for, i.e., not honouring its geniuses.

Tell me, does anyone know if Donal Jack is still alive? And where he resides?

I look forward to seeing this group of Bandy fans grow and flourish
Posted by: Will Obendorf Posted on: 17. Jan 2003 at 19:57
Hello, all

I just stumbled across this website and am delighted to know that there are more Bandy fans out there.  I became a fan after purchasing "That's Me in the Middle" in 1980 in Copenhagen.  I was looking for a book to read on the train and picked up this one because

1.  It had WWI aircraft on the cover.
2.  It was in English.

My habit was to read books on the train and trade with other backpackers.  "That's Me in the Middle" was such a good story and SO funny that I kept having to leave my compartment to go into hysterics in the corridor.  It was the funniest book I had ever read.

Well, I never traded it and since have collected the entire set in hardcover (one of them signed by the author--how about that?) as well some of Donald Jack's other books: "Rogues, Rebels, and Geniouses," "Exit Muttering," and just recently found a paperback copy of "Sinc, Betty, and the Morning Man" which I am reading now.

I just read on this site that Mr. Jack is writing yet another installment in the Bandy series!  I will certainly buy it in hardcover and enjoy it well.

My compliments and best wishes to Mr. Donald Jack for writing yet another Bandy book and so making good and judicious use of his retirement years!  All of us Bandy fans thank you.

Will Obendorf