What Larks - Collected light verse and lyrics
JEREMY NICHOLAS started acting, playing the piano and writing comic verse when he was at infant school. He states that he has not really progressed much since then, having spent nearly all his professional life doing exactly the same.
Nurtured on a diet of Gilbert & Sullivan, Noël Coward, Flanders & Swann, and Tom Lehrer with lots of Lewis Carroll, John Betjeman, Marriot Edgar and Harry Graham thrown into the mix, his love of rhyme has been a lifelong passion.
WHAT LARKS is a wide-ranging collection of some of the poems and song lyrics Jeremy has written over the past four decades, most of them composed under the influence of panic and looming deadlines.
- Foreword by one of today’s foremost lyricists, Sir Tim Rice
- Includes witty verses to accompany performances of Saint-Saëns’s popular Carnival of the Animals, and the full text of Raspberries and Other Trifles, his parody of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales
- Contains some of the 150 lyrics he wrote for BBC Radio 4’s Stop the Week
- Over 30 illustrations that draw on the humour in the book by award-winning illustrator, Martin Port
- A ‘bran tub’ of occasional verse, whimsical musings and a smattering of more serious poems and lyrics.
234 x 156mm, 176 pages
Hardback printed paper case
Over 30 illustrations