Press Release: Thee Men in a Boat
Jerome K. Jerome
Illustrated by Paul Cox
‘Like settling in for a fireside chat with an eccentric
great-uncle who has seen it all, done it all, but who’s
still more ready to mock himself than others’
Jerome K. Jerome’s incomparable anecdotes and descriptions of mishaps, from packing the hampers to George’s attempts at banjo playing (while Montmorency the dog howls steadily on) make this tale of three men boating on the Thames into one of the funniest and bestloved books ever written. When Jerome K. Jerome wrote his most famous work in 1889, he was a struggling journalist and writer. As soon as it was published he became a literary success beyond his wildest dreams. His publisher printed so many copies he once said, ‘I often think that the public must eat them.’
Paul Cox’s kinetic pen-and-ink illustrations are particularly suited to this tale of rivers,
whisky and mischievous dogs, and this Folio Society edition is filled with dozens of his inimitable sketches. The colourful endpapers also feature a lively map of the Thames drawn by Cox – complete with menacing swans – making this the perfect edition of a book that is as charming as the very act of messing about in boats.
Three Men in a Boat merrily captures the spirit of the age, but the humour at its heart has never tired or staled. Harris and George (and Montmorency) are character as entertainingly recognisable today as they were in the Edwardian age, and certain passages are a particular joy to revisit: a disastrous attempt at cooking scrambled eggs; the stubborn tin of pineapple that meets a watery end; Harris’s mysterious conflict with an uncertain number of swans. Jerome also delights in numerous discursions, from exploring the history and local lore of riverside towns to relaying a seemingly endless store of humorous anecdotes.
Bound in cloth printed and blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Bembo.
224 pages. Frontispiece and 71 colour illustrations. Printed endpapers.
Plain slipcase. 101/4″ x 71/2″.
UK £34.95 US $57.95 Can $72.95 Aus $72.95
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