Item: DOCTOR IN CLOVER by RICHARD GORDON.
1st Edition First Printing
184 page hardback book published by Michael Joseph 1960.
Content: This is a 1960 1st edition of Doctor in Clover by Richard Gordon.
Now Dr Grimsdyke is qualified he finds practising medicine rather less congenial than he anticipated. But the ever-selfless Grimsdyke resolves to put the desires of others (and in particular his rather career-minded cousin) before his own, and settle down and make the best of it. Finding the right job, however, is not always that easy. Porterhampton is suddenly rife with difficulties - as is being a waiter, as is being a writer. And writing obituaries is just plain depressing. Doctor in Clover finds the hapless Grimsdyke in a hilarious romp through misadventures, mishaps and total disasters.
Doctor in Clover was made into a film and is the next-to-last entry in the British "Doctor" comedy film series. After losing his government job, doctor Gaston Grimsdyke (Leslie Phillips) signs up for a medical school course with his old tutor-nemesis Sir Lancelot Spratt (welcome back, James Robertson Justice). What follows is the standard melange of double- and single entendres, not to mention the usual dalliances with such under-dressed lovelies as Shirley Ann Field, Fenella Fielding and Elizabeth Ercy. A subplot involves a rejuvenation serum that is disastrously applied to the behemothlike Sir Lancelot.
Additioanl information: Richard Gordon (1921-) is a British author and doctor, most famous for a long series of comic novels on a medical theme starting with Doctor in the House, and their film, television and stage adaptations. His The Alarming History of Medicine was published in 1993, and he followed this with The Alarming History of Sex.
The early Doctor novels, set in the fictitious St Swithin's, a teaching hospital in London, were initially witty and apparently autobiographical; later books included more sexual innuendo and farce. The novels were very successful in Britain in Penguin paperback during the 1960s and 1970s. Although they are still often reprinted, this popularity has not endured. Richard Gordon also contributed to Punch magazine and has published books on medicine, gardening, fishing and cricket.
The film of Doctor in the House was released in 1954, two years after the book, while Doctor at Sea came out the following year with Brigitte Bardot. Dirk Bogarde starred as Dr. Simon Sparrow in both. The later spin-off TV series were often written by other well-known British comic performers.
Condition: Dust-jacket; minor splits corners/edges, discolouration to spine, marks, price-clipped. Hardback; minor slanting of spine, minor splits top of spine. Pages; marks to endpapers, page faces clean & bright.
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Collectable 1st Edition