As usual the RAF top brass don’t know what to do with maverick flying ace and well-known loose cannon Major Bartholomew Bandy.
They pack him off to a squadron where everything’s as smart as paint and the flying record barely registers, thinking it’ll keep him out of their hair. But after a shaky start Bart gets a firm grip on things – one of those things being the adjutant, who jealously guards his own private and baroquely magnificent WC.
With old pal Dick Milestone, Bart reinvigorates the superbly turned out but demoralized pilots, who start doing some serious flying and very serious damage to the enemy, in the notoriously tricky new Dolphin Camels.
With the blackest of black comedy and seat-of-the pants escapades, Donald Jack’s series about a young pilot makes the War to End All Wars come roaring to life.
What people are saying about The Bandy Papers:
“Reading can lead to involuntary bursts of loud laughter.”
“Very descriptive, full of air combats and written with a fine eye for period detail . . . there is quite simply no finer book of its kind. Highly recommended.”
“It is clear that Bandy likely should’ve been killed several times, but very likely the Grim Reaper was laughing too hard to hold his scythe straight . . .”
“Hysterically funny! . . . each book is another installment in the continuing saga of a Canadian and his adventures in war, the world, and women.”
“I have yet to find another author with the wit and humor of Donald Jack.”
“I enjoyed every word . . . terrifically funny.” P.G. Wodehouse
“Jack does more than play it for laughs . . . The mingling of humor and horror is like a clown tap-dancing on a coffin, but Jack is skillful enough to get away with it.” Time Magazine
“Funny. Very. Donald Jack has as light a touch with this fragile art as his hero has on throttle of a Sopwith Camel. Excessive corn is avoided in favour of wit and a delight in life.” New York Times
“Bartholomew Bandy is the most remarkable hero (or anti-hero) since Harold Lloyd impersonated the Freshman.” Chicago Tribune
“To know Bandy is to love him . . . you tend to gallop through and come hurtling out at the end panting for more.” The Sunday Sun
“For those to whom Bandy is a newcomer, what a treat is in store.” Toronto Star