The Coward series of WWII books

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  1. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    Is this the new Flashman?

    Coward on the Beach (Dick Coward 1): James Delingpole: Books

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    Certainly this reviewer thinks so:
    All I know about the author is that he writes for the Telegraph and I saw a link to the books in his tag line. Apparently he's also written such tomes as, "365 Ways To Drive A Liberal Crazy" and "How to be Right: The Essential Guide to Making Lefty Liberals History".

    Can anyone recommend?
  2. I've read the second whilst not having read any of the Flashman series, only listened via audio books they seem comparable, scoundrel ends up coming off in the eyes of others as a good egg.
  3. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    I have read Coward on the Beach and Coward at the Bridge. Very funny and worth a read. No where near the standard or details of GMF's Flashman but of the same ilk.
  4. I've always been surprised that Donald Jack's Bany papers have never received the recognition they deserve. The following is a wikepedia extract:

    "The Bandy Papers is a series of novels by British-Canadian author Donald Jack chronicling the exploits of a World War I fighter ace named Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy. Every book in the Bandy Papers series contains the word 'me' in the title as do many of the chapter titles which can also be interpreted as photo captions.

    Bandy was born on July 14, 1893. Physically he is described as over 6 feet tall and with a face like a horse. His voice is high pitched and whiney and is said to resemble that of W.C. Fields, whom he once met. This combination seems to drive most people (and many animals) he meets to dislike him and as a result he has developed a 'stone face' to counter these attacks (a defense that often back-fires by inciting his enemies to greater levels of malice). His talents, although well disguised, are real and he has certainly been an influential (though minor) character in history.

    Bandy was born and raised in Beamington, Ontario in the Ottawa Valley, where his father was a Minister. From his published papers he seems to have had a difficult time fitting in with his school mates. There is a reference in Me Bandy, You Cissie that he was an invalid for a time during his childhood. He finished school and was at the University of Toronto Medical School when the First World War broke out.

    Bandy volunteered for the infantry in 1916 after being kicked out of medical school and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Canadian Army. After spending some time in the trenches, it was decided that the infantry was not entirely suited to his talents and so he was transferred into the Royal Flying Corps, where he stayed on and off for the rest of the war, until being sent to Russia to fight Bolsheviks, where he was captured by Bolshevik forces at the Battle of Toulgas on November 11, 1918. His military career went from the heights of the Air Board to the lows of fighting in a Bicycle Battalion. He left the Air Force in 1920 as a Lieutenant acting Major General!

    After the war and his imprisonment in Russia, Bandy had short but illustrious careers in silent films, rum-running and politics. When several of his careers threatened to land him in prison (or worse, Cabinet) Bandy returned to Europe flying via Iceland in an attempt to restore his fortunes through the marketing of The Gander, an amphibious aircraft of his design. His plans came to naught when he lost the Gander during the rescue of a downed aviator in the English Channel. He was forced to seek employment as a lowly hospital porter until being sought out by the rescued aviator, who turned out to be the son of an Indian Maharajah. Offered employment in the Maharajah's air force, Bandy continued his long tradition of upsetting the powers that be by accepting this controversial appointment. This led to him being Knighted but he seldom used his title. It is mentioned that he flew for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War but this is not detailed. In World War II, Bandy again fought against Germany and became re-acquainted with a son from a previous adventure. In the final volume of the series, Bandy faces Germany's top fighter pilot in combat before returning to the Soviet Union for the Yalta conference at the end of the war, where he has to cope with Stalin's paranoia and secret police.

    The books are noted for their humour and word play, as well as technical and historic accuracy (except possibly in India)."
  5. sirbhp

    sirbhp LE Book Reviewer

    I bought Coward on the beach in a discount book shop an when i got it home saw that it was autographed. Result as I have quite a few signed books in my library .
  6. Just started Coward at the bridge, cheers boxy only took me seven months to take up your suggestion.
  7. Does anyone know why Coward in the Woods has never (apparently) been published? It was due out in March but has never appeared.