One of the most rewarding aspects of a writer’s work is to receive letters from readers
asking for more information about his characters. Some requested details of Pook’s
early days, while others wanted to hear more about that fiery little nobleman, Honners.
In Pook’s Tender Years Peter Pook has tried to satisfy both demands by drawing on
the most amusing anecdotes of those formative years from eight to nineteen, and many
of these stories are nearer the truth than he cares to admit—such as the derailing
of a tram with the aid of a kitchen poker and the destruction of his teacher’s desk
by force of gravity.
Also on record is Pook’s first meeting with Honners at the Convent of the Holy Angels,
where Honners was an unwilling martyr to religious rigours and where Pook’s prayers
were directed towards becoming a more proficient prizefighter.
Needless to say, in this book Pook begins his Tale of Woo, as he calls it, with his
first love, Olga, and later as an enthusiastic gigolo working for the Rent-a-Gent
Escort Bureau. The abundance of wit and humour to be found in Pook’s Tender Years
should satisfy all those readers who enjoyed the previous Pook Books so heartily,
as well as attracting many new fans to the Pook brand of fast entertainment.