The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

Book - 1994
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Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford.  Miracles, Healings, Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud-caked hippopotamus like Ted...
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 1994
ISBN: 9780091784126
Branch Call Number: FRY
Characteristics: xi, 259 p. ;,25 cm


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Feb 15, 2018

I'm a fan of Stephen Fry and this book is a good representative of his dry British wit. We follow our protagonist, an alcoholic, once famous, poet and rake as he becomes a detective in an estate worthy of Brideshead. The quirky characters sparkle with varying degrees of depravity and innocence.

Jul 01, 2009

I love you, Stephen /
but this is an unpleasant /
cocktail to swallow

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