Thursday, 17 October 2013

Willie Before Moore

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Literary mash up's are all the rage nowadays aren't they? You can't move in Waterstones without some vampire biting Northanger Abbey's neck or a zombie Winnie the Pooh. Big beard funny book writer Alan Moore even had a crack. But long before any of those bandwagon jumpers, Mr William (Willie) Rushton got there first with this juicy little number: W.G. Grace's Last Case or War of the Worlds Part Two.

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Grace, John Watson and A.J. Raffles go to Paris, then the moon and stop a fresh invasion by H.G. Wells' martians. Along the way they encounter Mrs Beeton, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sarah Bernhardt, Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and some Post-impressionist painters
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Sounds good doesn't? Well it bloody well is.

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Illustrated throughout with Rushton's own pen and ink drawings, they're worth the price of the book alone. It's witty, clever, stylish and thoroughly recommended by me.

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1 comment:

  1. I knew of Willie Rushton the humourist, the utterer of the frequent dry, witty remark on Radio 4's 'I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue', but I was totally unaware that he was the originator of the Steampunk Team up genre, many years before the god-like Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill thought up 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen' [act as though the movie never happened]. Willie Rushton: Definitely gone too damn early.