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The remarkable story of a WWII Commando who transformed British comedy.

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17 pledges

Help to bring Larry Stephens' story to life and get your name in the back of the book

Digital

39 pledges

Ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Hardback

136 pledges

1st edition hardback, plus ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

No. 5 Commando Newsletter no. 25 / Sold out

1 pledge

Commando Association Newsletter no. 98 / Sold out

1 pledge

No. 5 Commando Newsletter no. 24 / Sold out

1 pledge

Collectable

35 pledges

Signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Commando Association Newsletter no. 99

Newsletter no. 99 produced by The Commando Association in September 1994. The 16-page newsletter includes details of activities for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Walcheren Landings and the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Hong Kong. You'll also get a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.
1 available

Bluebottle Assortment

11 pledges

The time written on a piece of paper, a quarter of jelly babies, a piece of string, signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Photo of Spike Milligan

7 pledges

A 5” x 5” print of a photo from Larry Stephens’ personal collection showing a relaxed Spike Milligan on a day out, signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Two photos of Spike Milligan

2 pledges

Two 5” x 5” prints of photos from Larry Stephens’ personal collection showing a relaxed Spike Milligan on a day out, signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Vacant Lot signed script page

1 pledge

A limited edition, colour copy of a page from Larry Stephens' original Vacant Lot script, written for Tony Hancock in 1952. The page was typed and amended by Stephens and has been hand-signed by the cast and crew at Vacant Lot's world premiere in Wolverhampton on 4 November 2017. Only 5 of these were produced. You'll also get a signed 1st edition hardback, the ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.
3 available

McGoonagall Special

2 pledges

Because you’re a reader sublime
Who’s spending your cash and your time
As thanks for your backing
I’m going to get cracking
And write you your own special rhyme!
A rhyme on the subject of your choice plus you’ll get a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Third Jungle Book no. 1

3 pledges

A colour copy of the extremely rare first issue of the ‘Third Jungle Book’ magazine (the magazine of the 3rd Commando Brigade) dating from April 1944, signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Book bundle

3 pledges

4 copies of the hardback (shipped together), ebook edition and 4 names in the book.

Your family history

3 pledges

Julie will spend 2 hours researching your family history and all her discoveries and accompanying documents will be sent to you as a PDF file. You’ll also get a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.
Limited to 5 – British family history only

Third Jungle Book no. 1 & 2

19 pledges

Colour copies of the extremely rare first and second issues of the ‘Third Jungle Book’ magazine dating from April 1944 and May 1944, signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.

Sponsor a phrase in the book

Sponsor a phrase that appears in the book and you'll get a special mention in the acknowledgements section detailing the words you've chosen. You’ll also get a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.
1 of each available, first come first served. Choose from:
"A leech in his penis"
"Pants in his right-hand trouser pocket"
"William atte Sponne"
"A decomposed owl"
"The stony silence of Stephens"
"Whisto, the wonder shave-cream"
"A framed portrait of Jim Spriggs"
"Summer season at Bearwood"
"Horace Clabtrout and the Beanstalk"
"Bucket and Spade Oscar"

Your photo in the book

A photo of you standing outside the Grafton Arms pub in Westminster will be included in the book plus you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer with Julie inside the pub afterwards. You’ll also get a signed 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.
Limited to 2

Patron

Sponsor a section of the book and your name or company name and/or logo will be included on the introductory page for that section plus you'll receive ten signed 1st edition hardbacks.
1 of each available, first come first served. Choose from:
Part One: Glarnies (Quinton & Hinton)
Part Two: Green Berets (Ticks & Mortars)
Part Three: Goons (Hancocks & Mukkinese)
Appendix: Goonopedia
Appendix: Vacant Lot script