Banking on Form was so funny people said, that they daren’t read it in public places
but Pook in Boots is even funnier!
Leaving the Bank, Pook continues his aggressive career in the Royal Marines, where
he mixes with earls and orphans―leading them all cheerfully to perdition, willingly
aided by the smallest Marine on record, the Hon. Lesley Pilkington-Goldberg.
Opposing Pook and his dislike of discipline is that magnificent character Sergeant
Canyon―fifteen stone of bad-tempered Saxon warrior―whose epic encounter with Pook
in the Unarmed Combat Class is still remembered with awe by those who saw it.
Running through the story is the love-interest of Pook’s girl-friends—unexpectedly
connected with his celebrated inter-Service bout with the notorious Bandsman Bangle,
which is described here for the first time. Because, as Pook remarks, “any fool can
read a love yarn but it takes grit to read this type of literature.”
We meet the shrewdest tactician of them all in Lieutenant Tudor―late house-detective
at a London Hotel―whose fondness for the ladies is second only to his skill in battle.
What happens to Pook during the disastrous Exercise Seaweed, followed by the extraordinary
Passing Out Parade and a hilarious party in the West End night-club, will confirm
his position as the biggest laughter-raiser in the business.
Colonel Tank sums up wisely when he observes: “Sometimes I wonder if I’m C.O. of
a crack fighting regiment or the manager of a West End hotel for spies.”