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Bindle

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Herbert Jenkins' most popular fictional creation was Mr. Joseph Bindle, who first appeared in a humorous novel in 1916 and in a number of sequels. In the preface to the books, T. P. O'Connor said that "Bindle is the greatest Cockney that has come into being through the medium of literature since Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers". The stories are based on the comedic drama of life at work, at home and all the adventures that take place along the way. Bindle leaves a path of good-natured destruction behind him and walks away unscathed every time. He is not above embellishing and loves the joke. He refers to jokes as the anesthetic that allows him to endure the operation of life. When he sets about fixing things, they had better well stay fixed or they'll have him to deal with. Indeed, he is a sort of superhero of the Everyman. Let the hilarity begin!

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BINDLE

SOME CHAPTERS IN THE LIFE OF JOSEPH BINDLE

BY

HERBERT JENKINS

"Bindle is the greatest Cockney that has come into being through the medium of literature since Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers" MR. T. P. O'CONNOR, M.P.

HERBERT JENKINS LIMITED

YORK STREET LONDON S.W.1

1916

A HERBERT JENKINS BOOK

Eighteenth Printing Completing 283,711 copies:

Printed In Great Britain at the Athenæum Printing Works, Redhill.

TO MY MOTHER

WHO AS HER SON'S BEST FRIEND IS PROBABLY HIS WORST CRITIC

FOREWORD

Some years ago I wrote an account of one of Bindle's "little jokes," as he calls them, which appeared in Blackwood's Magazine . As a result the late Mr. William Blackwood on more than one occasion expressed the opinion that a book about Bindle should be written, and suggested that I offer it to him for publication. Other and weighty matters intervened, and Bindle passed out of my thoughts.

Last year, however, the same suggestion was made from other quarters, and in one instance was backed up by a material reasoning that I found irresistible... Continue reading book >>


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