The Moon's A Balloon by David Niven
Why on earth would I launch a specially put together collection of books with the biography of a somewhat famous, somewhat obscure English actor of the twentieth century, probably most famous for his role in The Guns Of Navarrone (based on a book by Alistair Maclean, who I can guarantee you'll see more of in these pages). And I haven't even read it, except for the pages where Trubshawe and Niven, at a staid army ball, in fancy dress as a goat "in a noisome rug" drunkenly wheel into the centre of the large circle of dancers and drop olives behind them, as if they were a drunk goat shitting in the circle of an inspired dance. I can not stop laughing everytime I read this scene. My mother was reading this book when she was pregnant with me and she said that the whole thing is very funny.
It's a bomby old edition, but the words remain the same.
This listing is dedicated to my Mum, Barb. Xx
Coronet 0340158174 Super tatty but still very funny
1981 (first published 1971, this is the THIRTY-FOURTH IMPRESSION)