The Sultan Of Zanzibar: The Bizarre World and Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole

The Sultan Of Zanzibar: The Bizarre World and Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole

Martyn Downer
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Author:  Martyn Downer
Condition:  New
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  310
Publisher:  Black Spring Press Ltd
Year:  2011
ISBN:  9780948238468

At one time pretty much everyone knew the name of Horace de Vere Cole, the greatest practical joker ever. But there has never been a full biography of this fascinating character, because his family have, until now, denied access to his papers. Finally, Downer now has the full cooperation of the family. Cole's comic inventiveness was extraordinary - he once organised a party in which all the guests had the word 'bottom' in their surname (i.e. Winterbottom). Much more than a catalogue of his pranks, though, this biography is a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating man.