Michael Pope and his best friend Dick Hern, along with Johnnie Behr, all Officers in The North Irish Horse, ended up in a brothel in the town of Bone in 1943. Dick went off with a 40 year old, one-eyed prostitute and spent the night with her.
I sent advance copies to Michael and Dick, who had written the foreword. and all hell broke loose!! Dick's wife Sheila rang up the Popes and demanded that the book was suppressed saying, "what would our staff think?". Michael who was devoted to Dick and the most easy going of people agreed to do this. Most of the books were pulped and the story was re-written with Dick Hern being omitted.
Michael's wife Kay was furious, saying about Sheila, " what a stupid bitch!". When I was next with them, without Michael hearing she me promise, "to keep copies and when we are all dead, sell them and see that the truth comes out".
Recently I found them at the back of the cupboard and nearly 30 years and before I die also, I thought I would honour my promise to Kay. There were 10 copies in existence but sadly 2 have been damaged. The remaining 8 when sold will each come with a certificate saying 1 of 8 unsuppressed copies
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I have been trading as The Marlborough Book Shop and Sporting Gallery since February 1983 and was dealing in London prior to this. I am pleased to say, that as old and semi-senile as I maybe, I always have interesting stock that is sensibly priced.
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