S J Simon

No Bed For Bacon
  • No Bed For Bacon

  • First published in 1941, No Bed for Bacon is a comic classic. Out of print since 1985, but much-discussed in the press following the release of the Oscar-showered film Shakespeare in Love, the novel fizzes with wit, warmth and the occasional custard pie. It is a festive celebration of 'The Great Bard' par excellence.

    Five o'clock and all's well in Merrie England. But not for long. Good Queen Bess is stirring in her four-poster and is feeling neither happy nor glorious. Down at the Globe, Will Shakespeare is chewing the end of his quill: something's amiss with Love's Labours Wunne. And Walter Raleigh, boiling his new potato in the depths of the regal kitchens, is getting very hot under the collar of his latest cloak - will his spud achieve the perfect fluffiness for The Royal Tasting? Heads are sure to roll before the day is out.

Caryl Brahms (1901-82) was a ballet correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, a colourful figure in London's theatrical world and became a forceful governor of the National Theatre. S.J.Simon (1904-48) was born in Manchuria, became one of Britain's most famous bridge players and was co-founder of the Acol System. Together they collaborated on many classic comic novels in the 30s and 40s including A Bullet in the Ballet, Don't, Mr.Disraeli! and No Bed for Bacon (1941). Bubbling with wit and fantastic invention, their work more than withstands the test of time and contributed much to the development of 20th century British humour.

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