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A letter from Donald Jack circa 1982 (Read 2269 times)
hackneygal
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A letter from Donald Jack circa 1982
20. Sep 2009 at 01:31
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I have just found this site and have laughed out loud at some of the wonderful entries here.

My reason for googling, Donald Jacks, is that this past week, I was in the company of an ex RAF doctor, who was regaling with stories that reminded me of stories within the Bandy Papers. I asked this now elderly G.P., British born, if he'd ever heard of the series by Donald Jack, and he said that he hadn't. I must confess that a tiny part of his personality reminded me of Bartholomew, in a good way, I think!

In the early '80's, a police officer friend, gave me the first of the Bandy papers saying that he thought I'd enjoy the book. As a voracious reader, I have to say that I've never read any book that has made me laugh so much. I actually was beginning to read it on a bus in Vancouver, Canada, and began laughing so much, I had to put it away. Else, I be viewed as that 'crazy person' laughing alone! So, reading that book and the rest of the series was a private, hilarious beyond words delightful read.

Because I've never hesitated to write to 'famous folks,' I decided after reading several of the Bandy papers, to send a letter via the publisher to Donald Jack. I am happy to share the contents of the first of two letters that arrived in my mailbox in 1982.

here is an edited version of the letter:

"....actually, it's letters such as yours that have kept them (the Bandy books) going. I wrote the first way back in 1961 - it was originally published by Macmillan, New York - not intending to take it any further, but over the years there were so many letters and articles about the book and requests for more that finally I gave in and wrote the second, intending that to be the last. And so on. Nor is it yet finished, for I am just four or five chapters from the end of the fifth."

Perhaps this gives a little more insight into the continuation of the adventures of Bartholomew Bandy. Happy to contribute.

Prior to 'Me Too' being published, he sent a second treasured letter.
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Re: A letter from Donald Jack circa 1982
Reply #1 - 28. Dec 2012 at 08:22
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I guess we'll never know what was in the second letter...  Cry
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Re: A letter from Donald Jack circa 1982
Reply #2 - 13. Jan 2013 at 16:21
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Although it's been 3 years since I posted the initial comments on Sept. 20, 2009, a comment wondering what was in the 2nd letter has been made and prompted an email from Chris to see if I would post information about the second letter from Donald Jack.

After a bit of a search, I found both letters tucked into one of my original soft cover copies of his books, of which I do have 6 original versions and 3 newer, re-issued blue-soft covered books.

Again, I have to comment that these letters are true treasures of mine. In a day well before instant email or web address contact with authors, I'm sure my letters to Donald Jack were handwritten ones. I like to think he kept my letters to him in a file with others from those who fell in love with his stories.

Even today, I will in conversation about Canadian writers, mention his great ability of comedic writing within his novels.

So, the last letter was to thank me for the cheque in advance of his next book but that he had to return it. He said that his next book, his fifth, Me Too, wasn't at the publishers yet. He stated, "The soft cover version won't be here until 1984." His final comment was, "I'm busy revising the book right now, and I think you'll like it a lot when you finally do get to read it."

The two letters from him were typed but he did sign the letters in ink. He was even comfortable enough to use personal stationery with his home address in Lindsay, Ontario. There was even a phone number on the left top, which until just now, I'd never noticed!

Now I can think perhaps he'd hoped I would call after reading his next book, Me Too and tell him how I enjoyed it!!!

I can now always wonder about this!

I've just read over the first letter where he stated there were audio versions (CBC) of his first 2 books. I wonder if they exist today?
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