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

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6 pledges

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

Digital

32 pledges

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

Hardback

109 pledges

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

Commando Association Newsletter no. 98 / Sold out

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No. 5 Commando Newsletter no. 24

Newsletter no. 24 produced by No. 5 Commando veterans in the spring of 1999. The 11-page newsletter is full of the veterans' memories of their WWII service. You'll also get a 1st edition hardback, ebook edition and your name in the back of the book.
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No. 5 Commando Newsletter no. 23 / Sold out

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Tour de France bag / Sold out

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Collectable

29 pledges

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

Bluebottle Assortment

9 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

5 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

1 pledge

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

4 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

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

2 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

12 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.

Your family history - deluxe

Julie will spend 10 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 2 – British family history only

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