Another in the literature festival yesterday, this time to see David Nobbs, creator of the magnificent Reggie Perrin. He was tremendous value, very funny, and with a wicked sense of timing. He is a truly brilliant writer of comedies. I think, although I loved Reggie Perrin on television, his best novels are the Pratt ones. They are superb.
Ground-swallow-me-up time for the poor compere, who was doing his intro and blithely said to David Nobbs, "I think this is your first novel, is that right?"
"I think you'd better quit right now," David replied. "It's my seventeenth."