New Edition of Lady Don't Fall Backwards


Alex Skerratt has released a new hardback special edition Of Lady Don't Fall Backwards, which more closely resembles the version as it was seen in the Hancock's Half Hour epsiode: The Missing Page. It even features the same number of pages as the one held by Tony Hancock.

The press release accompanying this new edition is as follows:

Freelance author Alex Skerratt has breathed life into a “lost” Tony Hancock novel. Lady Don’t Fall Backwards by Darcy Sarto is a murder mystery thriller made famous by the ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’ episode The Missing Page. In the episode, Tony Hancock discovers that the solution to the book’s killings is revealed on the last page – but it has been torn out.

Since the original episode aired in 1960 the fictitious book has entered the pubic consciousness, with a tribute song from musician Pete Doherty, and an identically-titled memoir from the wife of actor John Le Mesurier. The book even made a cameo appearance in an episode of the ‘Inspector Morse’ spin-off ‘Endeavour.’

Frustratingly for Tony Hancock fans, Lady Don’t Fall Backwards was a novel that never existed in the real world, residing solely in the minds of comedy writers Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who penned ‘Hancock’s Half Hour.’ Author Alex Skerratt decided to address this issue, and sought permission from the original writers to produce a book version of Darcy Sarto’s last work. He also received the blessing of the estate of Tony Hancock, and the BBC.

“For me, Lady Don’t Fall Backwards was the crime novel I always wanted to read,” said Alex. “It’s a satirical piece about a deranged serial killer who only murders typists from the United Nations – in fact he’s killed 26 of them by the time the story finishes! It’s a trashy piece of pulp fiction that provides an interesting comment on the world of 1940s America – a place that’s very different from the culture we recognise today.”

Alex previously released two smaller print runs of Lady Don’t Fall Backwards to sell to Hancock fans, and this latest version is a hardback special edition, which more closely resembles the version as it was seen in The Missing Page. It even features the same number of pages as the one held by Tony Hancock.

The book is currently available at amazon.co.uk.

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