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Kerr Avon <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 30 Jul 1992 17:11:32 BST
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Okay, here are the details of various books which various people
asked for (mainly Bert, but a few others asked). I can't remember
if they were mentioned on cinema-l or screen-l, so I'm cross
posting. Hope some of you find them useful.
The list is mainly of Python-realated books, but #4 on the list is
the book of the ITV series _Television_.
1. _Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Book)_
ISBN: 0413385205 (UK)/0416003419 (USA)/ 0458929700 (Canada)
Published by Eyre Methuen Ltd (UK)
Methuen, Inc. (USA)
Methuen Publications (Canada)
Date of publication (of my copy): 1981 (First published 1977)
Price: #5.50 (paperback)
[This is the best `book of the film' I have _ever_ seen. You
get the first draft of the script, which bears little relation to
the final draft (also included). The final draft has scenes and
lines that were cut, and the original versions of lines which were
changed onced shooting started. You get a plethora of photos
and advertising prints. You get a letter which details the cuts
that the censors wanted ("lose the `make castanets from your
testicles'), and the suggested compromises. Also included
are things like shooting schedules and other trivia stuff. Oh,
and a pull out statement from the accountants detailing the budget
and final cost of the film (about #225,000). Well worth finding a
copy. -- Liam]
2. _Life of Python_ by George Perry
ISBN: 0-907516-22-X
Published by Pavilion Books Ltd.
Date of publication (of my copy): 1983
Price: #7.95 (Hardback)
3. _Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life_ [Book of the film]
ISBN: 0413533808
Published by Methuen London Ltd.
Date of publication (of my copy): 1983
Price: #5.50
[Fairly run of the mill book version, though it's lavishly
illustrated. Worth buying, though, for the last page and
inside back cover, which detail a correspondence between
John Cleese and tabloid British Newspaper The Sun (that well
know paragon of virtue and upholder of high moral standards
-- NOT!). While filming The Meaning Of Life segment about
the Zulu wars, the Sun printed an article which alleged that
when the weather turned bad, Cleese was angry and stormed
through the black extras shouting, "Right! Which one of
you bastards did the rain dance?"
Cleese wrote to the paper denying he had done any such thing
and asking for a retraction, saying that obviously one of their
reporters had gotten carried away. The Sun refused to withdraw
the story and the correspondence continued for a while. Cleese's
letter are oozing with dry wit and cynicism. Anyway, Cleese
offered to bet the editor, in the end, that he could produce
no witnesses of the incident, while Cleese could produce several
to refute the allegation. The sum was #10,000 or somesuch, the
money to go to a charity of the winner's choice. The editor
declined, but would still not retract the article. The book
states that the evidence was now with whoever it is that judges
cases like this (I forget), and that we would see who would win.
Very amusing. The book prints the original article, along with
the letters from both parties, which followed. -- Liam]
[PS. Does anyone know how it ended up?]
4. _Television: The Book of the Major ITV Series_ by Francis Wheen
ISBN: 0-7126-0929-6
Published by Century Publishing Co. Ltd.
Date of publication (of my copy): 1985
Price: ?
[My copy of this was from a book club, and was the club's
edition, by Book Club Associates. I have no idea if the
generally available edition would have had a different
ISBN. Anyone? -- Liam.]
5. _Monty Python's Big Red Book_
ISBN: 0413295206
Published by Methuen
Date of publication (of my copy): 1986 (first published 1971)
Price: #4.95 (paperback)
6. _The Brand New Monty Python Papperbok_ (sic)
ISBN: 0413319709
Published by Methuen
Date of publication (of my copy): ?
Price: #4.95 (papperbok, er... paperback)
[I got 5 and 6 in a single package (shrink-wrapped) which was
sold under the title _Monty Python Gift Boks_ (sic). In addition
to the two books, you got a wrap-round cover/poster. -- Liam]
7. _Monty Python: Just the Words (The Complete Unexpurgated Scripts of the
    Original TV Series (Except for the Animation Bits)_
Originally published as two hardback volumes. Later reprinted
as a single paperback volume. [I only have the hardbacks --
perhaps someone has the paperback volume and could supply that
info? -- Liam.]
ISBN: 0413625400 (Volume 1)
0413625500 (Volume 2)
Published by Methuen
Date of publication (of my copy): 1989
Price: #7.99 each (Hardback)
8. _The Complete Fawlty Towers_ by John Cleese and Connie Booth
ISBN: 0413183904
Published by Methuen
Date of publication (of my copy): 1988
Price: #7.95 (Hardback)
[I think that a paperback is also available. -- Liam]
9. _The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book_ by Eric Idle.
ISBN: 413365700
Published by Eyre Methuen
Date of publication (of my copy): 1976
Price: #2.99 (paperback)
[I came across this a few years back in a bargain book store.
I assume that the publisher or wholesaler or whoever was clearing
out a warehouse and found some copies of it lying around, then
sold them to the bargain bookshops. -- Liam.]
And that's all I could find. Sorry again about the delay. If you need more
info (publisher's addresses, etc) let me know and I'll se what I can do.
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