Withnail and I,. The Novel.

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Withnail and I,. The Novel.

PostPosted by Parkin » Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:21 am

Withnail and I was originally a novel by Bruce before he was convinced to adapt it to a screenplay to be made into the film. This, according to Bruce was a bit of a nightmare to do.

But what I am asking is, if Bruce released the original novel, would you buy it,..??
I know that you are going to say yes,.. so how can we convince the old bugger to do it ??
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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:31 am

Hi Stu.

I am almost 100% that he would not do it.

I think he wants to distance himself from 'Withnail' now. Everytime he is persuaded to do something, I think he thinks 'This is the last time'.

Besides, I think he would want to polish it up as it is not as 'finished' as the script is.

Of course I would be willing to buy it, I would attend all events in connection too, but I just can't see it, mate.

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PostPosted by crooked » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:07 pm

i would love to read it. i would even buy it! but as purve says, i cant see it happening.
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PostPosted by The Seagull » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:39 pm

I'm sure that if someone enticed the old bugger with loads of cash the novel would be forthcoming.

Wouldn't it be great to own a copy of it? You never know, dreams can come true sometimes!
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PostPosted by Parkin » Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:18 pm

I've got a copy of the first and most of the second pages,.. but need a magnifying glass to read them ,.. 8)
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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:01 pm

I wonder where you got that from? :lol:
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PostPosted by Parkin » Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:20 am

The Purveyor wrote:I wonder where you got that from? :lol:


From a rather splendid fellow from 'darn sarff' ,.. :thumbup:
I bet not even Tink has one ,.. :wink:
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PostPosted by Lostat » Sat Jan 20, 2007 1:08 pm

If he wrote the novel, then who are the publishers? Would approaching the publishers be a better plan of action than asking Bruce himself? Or perhaps both together to see how they feel about it?
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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:09 pm

His publishers are Bloomsbury. They have already published the screenplay three times. Plus there has been a freebie from 'Sight & Sound' magazine.

I think they would be concerned about there being two titles on the shelf with identical names. And I am not sure that even if it was given the title 'Withnail and I: The Original Novel' it would persuade enough people to part with their readies.

Plus, as pointed out earlier, I can't see Bruce letting his text (which was written in the late-60s) go to Bloomsbury without wanting to improve it to a standard he would be happy with. And that would take a lot of work.

Also, would you want to buy it in its polished form---or original form?
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PostPosted by The Seagull » Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:31 pm

In any form would be good, polished or un-polished.

As long as it was written by Mr R himself, I think this would sell, sell, sell!
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PostPosted by Parkin » Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:58 pm

The Purveyor wrote:
Plus, as pointed out earlier, I can't see Bruce letting his text go to Bloomsbury without wanting to improve it to a standard he would be happy with.
Also, would you want to buy it in its polished form---or original form?


Well the un-polished form would only be 67 pages long,.. So I guess i'd like the bulked out version ,. :thumbup:
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PostPosted by Horrorshow » Sat Jul 28, 2007 12:34 am

I used to think that the B.F.I. MODERN CLASSICS Withail & I book was the novel, and then I realised it wasn't and felt fucking robbed.
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PostPosted by Parkin » Sun Jul 29, 2007 7:59 pm

Horrorshow wrote:I used to think that the B.F.I. MODERN CLASSICS Withail & I book was the novel, and then I realised it wasn't and felt fucking robbed.


It was still an intersting read though,.. :thumbup:
Didn't that fact that Kevin Jacksons name is printed on the cover directly under the title make you think that it may not be the novel by Bruce Robinson,.. :lol:
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PostPosted by Horrorshow » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:51 pm

Quite. I'd only seen a small picture of it though, and although you could see Kevin Jackson, I thought it probably said 'With a foreword/introduction from...'.
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PostPosted by Horrorshow » Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:54 pm

No need to insult me man...
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