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Title: Scruffy. A Diversion
Description: London England, The Reprint Society, 1963. 1st Reprint Society, Binding: Cloth & Boards, Very Good/Fair. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Hadrback Hardback. Very slight foxing to edge. Wear to D/J. Small piece of D/J. missing from spine. The theme of this fascinating and divertin novel centres on the ancient belief that when the last of the Barbary Apes leaves Gibraltar the British will be driven from 'The Rock'. So deep-rooted is this belief that in August 1944, in the middle of the war, Sir Winston Churchill actually caused a signal to be sent to Gibraltar expressing anxiety over disquieting rumours concerning the welfare of the Barbary Apes established there, and directing that every effort should be made to restore their dwindling number. Out of this historical fact Paul Gallico's roving imagination has made a wonderfully entertaining story. The Rock Apes (whose welfate has been the responsibility of the Royal Artillery since 1806) are in charge of one Captain Lovejoy who does all the dirty work, and whose biggest problem in life, and the principal character in the book, is Scruffy. 304 pp.

Keywords: Fiction Gibraltar Barbary Apes

Price: GBP 5.00 = appr. US$ 7.14 Seller: The London Bookworm
- Book number: 076391

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