"if I had never been exposed to any one of Vivian Stanshall, P.G. Wodehouse or Conan Doyle."

 Vivian Stanshall (1943-1995) was a painter, singer-songwriter, musician, author and poet. Listen to the first recorded section of  Sir Henry at Rawlinson End:



Vivian Stanshall – Aunt Florrie's Waltz





A random sample of Stanshall quotes:

"I've never met a man I didn't mutilate." (Sir Henry)

 "It was a great party until someone found the hammer." (Bonzo days)

 "A pale sun poked impudent marmalade fingers through the grizzled lattice glass, and sent the shadows scurrying, like convent girls menaced by a tramp." (Sir Henry at Rawlinson End)

 "Fear is the root of all courage" (Rev. Slodden, Rawlinson End)


P G Wodehouse
Public DomainP G Wodehouse

 Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1974) was a prolific English writer whose comic terrain was pre-war English upper-class society. Of his own style he remarked:

I go in for what is known in the trade as 'light writing' and those who do that – humorists they are sometimes called – are looked down upon by the intelligentsia and sneered at.

Nevertheless he remains admired by many a contemporary intellectual, including Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith. Christopher Hitchens commented, "... there is not, and never will be anything to touch him."


Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a Scottish writer and physician. Creator of Sherlock Holmes, his writing spanned a range of genres including science fiction, history, novels, plays and poetry.