READER REPORT:

The Walpole Orange is an orgy of fun

MATT LARSEN
Last updated 05:00 23/09/2012
Frank Muir book
A JOY: Frank Muir's prose is great.

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Frank Muir was long renowned in Britain as one half of a humourist writing team, the other member being Denis Norden.

He was also the author of the popular What A Mess series of children's books about a dishevelled Afghan puppy.

The Walpole Orange features a much put-upon London Club secretary, William, who must organise the club's 250th anniversary celebration.

The Walpole Club is one of those bastions of the establishment where gents go to eat, drink, snooze and escape the female influence.

It is no spoiler to advise that the term Walpole Orange is a euphemism for an Orgy that the old gents on the social committee have planned as a bit of mischief to celebrate the anniversary.

But what exactly IS an orgy and how do you organise one quietly with a creepy snitch on the premises, a seductive distraction in the accounts department and being forbidden to share the burden with your lovely wife?

I haven't just finished this book, it is an old friend that is enjoyable and entertaining affair and I have picked it up many times for the pure joy of reading Frank Muir's prose.


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