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Me Bandy, You Cissie
by Donald Jack
£12.00 UK • $16.00 US • $19.00 CAN
ISBN: 9780973950571 / 246pp
The Great War may be finished, but Bartholomew Bandy isn't.
After not quite succeeding in defeating communism in Russia, he's returning to the New World when he meets shy, awkward Cissie Chaffington, whose first glimmerings of interest in aviation appear when she sends a cooked duck soaring through the ship's first-class dining room.
More than just terminal embarrassment stands in the way of their happiness, however. Her father, for example, takes a violent dislike to Bandy - even before Bandy blows up Cyrus Chaffington's hotel. And then who should turn up but the diminutive Dasha, the former Bolshevik (sort of) nurse whom Bandy married (sort of) in Russia, where she betrayed him (more or less) to the mercy (or lack thereof) of the Red Cavalry.
Between sorting all of this out, carrying airmail, and trying to start his own aviation business while dodging flappers and bootleggers, Bandy hardly has time to be a silent movie star...
This edition includes Banner's Headline, a radio play by Donald Jack published here for the first time. In it we discover what happens when Arthur Banner, a rocket scientist, gets passed over for promotion one too many times, and decides to resign to work on a project of his own.
About the Author
Donald Jack won the Leacock medal for humour three times for volumes of his popular Bandy Papers series. He served in the RAF from 1943-1947, later moving to Canada in 1951. In addition to the Bandy Papers -- one of the best-loved series in Canadian Literature --he has written a history of medicine in Canada, and numerous scripts for films, radio, and the stage. For more about Jack and the Bandy Papers, visit the Bandy website.