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All six Uncle books by J.P. Martin, illustrated by Quentin Blake, in one lavish edition with new introductions by Neil Gaiman and more.
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One week to go, and a visit to the archive!

Posted by Marcus Gipps (Creator)

Dear all

So we've just passed the 'one week left' mark, and I still can't believe how much support we've had. Many thanks, all of you.

Hopefully we'll see a bit of a surge next week as the deadline looms. I will, however, be making it possible to order the books directly from me after the kickstarter process ends, probably using PayPal. I'll let you all know when I've got that sorted, and update the main page so people coming to kickstarter late can be pointed the right way. But if you know anyone who sounded interested but hasn't pledged yet, do remind them!

I went to the Jonathan Cape archive yesterday with my partner, who is a historian by training and spends lots of time looking up old files and paperwork! There was almost too much to take in, so we'll be making another visit at some point to get some documents scanned for reprinting. But here are two iPhone pictures of a letter sent to J.P. Martin by a fan. I hope you enjoy them! I won't be able to put everything that I've found into this book, there isn't space. Hmmm, perhaps a second volume next year...

A couple of things mentioned in the archive came as a surprise to me. Apparently J.P. appeared on BBC TV around or just before the publication of Uncle. There was also a radio play (or series?) made of the first book in late 1965 or early 1966. If anyone knows anything more about either of these, please let me know.

More - including some exciting news - tomorrow!

Best, Marcus

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    1. Marcus Gipps 2-time creator on

      Thanks Matthew and Nick, that's very helpful. I'll keep on digging and see what I can find!

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      nick eden on

      I'd love to hear Michael Hordern reading the Uncle books, but if he did, this knowledge is not known to Google.

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      Matthew Owain James on

      I think the Uncle stories were broadcast on the home service (Radio 4) as part of the Storytime series, which ran on weekdays, in time for children returning from school. I may be wrong but I think they were narrated by Michael Hordern.

    4. Marcus Gipps 2-time creator on

      I know, the penmanship is amazing, isn't it!

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      Larushka Ivan-Zadeh on

      Wow - you don't get penned florishes like that writing an email. Though I'm sure there's an App out there somewhere...

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      Jonathan James on

      Now, where are all those children from Repton Prep. They must surely be in the market for the next episodes…

    7. amigacooke on

      Didn't people write nice before computers took over the world. :-)