Wednesday, 11 September 2019

A Discovering Diamonds review of Sir Humphrey's Last Stand by Jonathan Forth

Sir Humphrey's Last Stand

"It is the minor characters who have all the best lines... quite a few chuckles along the way. Just don't take it seriously!"



prior to the Norman Conquest


Actual history goes out of the window in this amusing tale by Jonathan Forth. King Harold the Donkey wants the lands he believes are his by right and King Louis (unnumbered) has other ideas. Incompetence reigns in the English ranks as they consistently lose battles and are forced to retreat back to England. Unfortunately, nobody has thought to tell Sir Humphrey, who holds the last stronghold of Mont St Bernard. Or rather, he has been told, but in a mix up in communications, he has been told to hold the small township instead of abandoning it.

As in other novels by Mr Forth, it is the minor characters (with names like Clive and Pondscum) who have all the best lines. Throw in some pirates – er, privateers – French spies and the obligatory revolting peasants and you have an enjoyable – well, I am trying to avoid the word but I will have to use it -  romp. Maybe no belly laughs, but quite a few chuckles along the way. Just don't take it seriously!

 Richard Tearle

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