Private Eye books

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Private Eye, the fortnightly British satirical magazine, has published various books and other material separately from the magazine since 1962.

Published by Private Eye[edit]

The principal publications are anthologies, for example the Private Eye Annual, and ongoing series such as the Colemanballs collections (in even-numbered years), and diaries of the Prime Minister. "The Private Eye Annual" has been published in a variety of forms since the early 1970s and traditionally contains reprints from the middle section of the magazine; satirical articles and cartoons.

The magazine has reprinted several hard-hitting articles and made them available as separate pamphlets. The most recent of such articles was their report on the recent UK outbreak of foot and mouth disease, and the response of the UK Government to it.

In former years, the magazine published collections of their strip cartoons. In particular, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, the exploits of an uncouth Australian expatriate in Sixties London, written by Barry Humphries and illustrated by Nicholas Garland, was published in three collections, long since out of print and now collectors' items. The Bill Tidy strip The Cloggies was also issued in this form.

Each year the magazine publishes a number of Christmas cards, which typically feature cartoons on Christmas themes from regular contributors.

Patrick Marnham’s ‘’The Private Eye Story’’ (1982) was the first major attempt to tell the history of the magazine. A fiftieth anniversary biography is due in 2011.

Private Eye books[edit]

Humorous Cuttings[edit]

Anthologies of the unintentionally humorous newspaper cuttings which have formed a regular part of the magazine since its earliest days.

  • ‘’Private Eye’s Book of Boobs’’ (1966)
  • ‘’What the Papers Never Meant to Say: Private Eye’s Second Book of Boobs’’ (1968)
  • Ingrams, Richard (1973). Private Eye's Bumper Book of Boobs. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-96492-4. 
  • Ingrams, Richard (1979). The Thrid (sic) Book of Boobs. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-97823-2.  (Note: (sic) is part of the title of the paperback edition, but not of the hardback)
  • Ingrams, Richard; Larry (1979). Another Batch of Boobs from Private Eye. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-97181-5. 
  • Thompson, Robert (1993). Cutting Humour: Boobs and Misprints from the Press 1985 – 93. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 0-552-14179-8. 

Colemanballs and Mediaballs[edit]

Private Eye Annuals and Anthologies[edit]

  • ‘’Private Eyewash’’ (1968)
  • ‘’Private Eyeballs’’ (1969)
  • ‘’Private Eyesores’’ (1970)
  • ‘’The Life and Times of Private Eye 1961-71’’ (1971)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1972’’ (1972)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1973: Anatomy of Neasden’’ (1973)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1974: A Load of Rubbish’’ (1974)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1976: Lord Gnome of the Rings’’ (1976)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1978: Wholly Libel’’ (1978)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1980: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Gnome’’ (1980)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1982: Bargshead Revisited’’ (1982)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1982 – 5’’ (1985)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1985 – 7: The Gnome of the Rose’’ (1987)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1987 – 9: Satiric Verses’’ (1989)
  • Eye, Private (1991). The Best of Private Eye 1989 - 91: Lord Gnome's Complete Fib and Lie Diet. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-552-13860-6. 
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1991 – 3: A Gnome in Provence’’ (1993)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1994: Absolutely Libellous’’ (1994)
  • ‘’The Best of Private Eye 1995: Magic Private Eye’’ (1995)
  • Hislop, Ian (1996). The Private Eye Annual 1996. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 0-552-14520-3. 
  • Hislop, Ian (1997). The Private Eye Annual 1997. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-00-2. 
  • Hislop, Ian (1998). The Private Eye Annual 1998. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-12-6. 
  • Hislop, Ian (1999). The Private Eye Annual 1999. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-14-2. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2000). The Private Eye Annual 2000. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-21-5. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2001). The Private Eye Annual 2001. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-22-3. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2002). The Private Eye Annual 2002. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-28-2. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2003). The Private Eye Annual 2003. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-31-2. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2004). The Private Eye Annual 2004. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-34-7. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2005). The Private Eye Annual 2005. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-38-X. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2006). The Private Eye Annual 2006. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-43-6. 
  • ‘’The Private Eye Annual 2007’’
  • ‘’The Private Eye Annual 2008’’
  • ‘’The Private Eye Annual 2009’’

Strip cartoon collections[edit]

  • Humphries, Barry; Nicholas Garland (1972). The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-96414-2. 
  • Humphries, Barry; Nicholas Garland (1972). Bazza Pulls It Off. Sun Books, Melbourne. ISBN 0-7251-0133-4. 
  • ‘’Cloggies Dance Again’’ (1973)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 1: Heath’’ (1973)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 2: Hector Breeze’’ (1973)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 3: 100 Best Jokes of Larry’’ (1974)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 4: Martin Honeysett’’ (1974)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 5: Barry Fantoni’’ (1975)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 8: Michael Ffolkes’’ (1976)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library: Kevin Woodcock’’ (1978)
  • Humphries, Barry; Nicholas Garland (1979). Bazza Comes Into His Own. Sun Books, Melbourne. ISBN 0-7251-0332-9. 
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoonists: Peter Maddocks’’ (1981)
  • ‘’Penguin Book of Private Eye Cartoons’’ (1983)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Library 11: David Austin’’ (1984)
  • Stubble, Monty; Nick Newman (1987). Battle for Britain. Andre Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-98136-5. 
  • Humphries, Barry; Nicholas Garland (1989). The Complete Barry McKenzie. Methuen. ISBN 0-413-19310-1.  (Hard-to-find collection of all Barry McKenzie strips.)
  • ‘’Doubletakes – A Decade of Cartoons from Private Eye: The Sixties’’
  • ‘’Drambusters – A Decade of Cartoons from Private Eye: The Eighties’’
  • Eye, Private (1991). 30 Years of Private Eye Cartoons (Hardback). Private Eye Productions. ISBN 0-552-13862-2. 
  • ‘’Private Eye Cartoon Diary: 1995’’ (1994)
  • Eye, Private (1996). 30 Years of Private Eye Cartoons (Paperback). Private Eye Productions. ISBN 0-552-20489-7. 

Satirical "Prime Minister" memoirs[edit]

  • Ingrams, Richard; John Wells (1980). One for the Road. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-97511-X. 
  • ‘’The Other Half – Further Letters of Denis Thatcher’’ (1981)
  • Ingrams, Richard; John Wells (1982). Dear Bill:The collected letters of Denis Thatcher. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-97303-6. 
  • ‘’My Round!’’ (1983)
  • ‘’Down the Hatch! Further letters of Denis Thatcher’’ (1985)
  • ‘’Just the One: Further Letters of Denis Thatcher’’ (1986)
  • ‘’The Best of Dear Bill’’ (1986)

Special Issues[edit]

A mixture of revised reprints of material featured in the magazine, retrospectives and entirely new material.

  • Not the Scott Report (1994)
  • Neasden FA Cup Special (1995)
  • A Tribute to Willie Rushton (1997)
  • Lockerbie: The Flight from Justice (2001)
  • MMR Special: A comprehensive review of the MMR vaccination/autism controversy
  • Foot-and-Mouth Crisis: Everything Tony Blair didn't want you to know...

Specials were later abandoned in favour of occasional ‘pull out sections’ in the main magazine.

Miscellaneous Titles[edit]

  • ‘’Private Eye on London’’ (1962)
  • ‘’Private Eye’s Romantic England and Other Unlikely Stories’’ (1963)
  • ‘’The Six & You: A Private Eye Guide’’ (1971)
  • ‘’Private Eye Book of Pseuds’’ (1973)
  • ‘’True Stories from Private Eye’’ (1973)
  • ‘’Love in the Saddle’’ (1973)
  • ‘’A Little Pot of Money: The Story of Reginald Maudling and the Real Estate Fund of America’’ by Michael Gillard (1974)
  • ‘’The Diaries of Auberon Waugh: A Turbulent Decade, 1976 – 85’’ (1985)
  • ‘’Four Crowded Years: The Diaries of Auberon Waugh, 1972 – 76’’ (1976)
  • ‘’Book of Covers – 60 of the Best’’ (1978)
  • ‘’So Farewell Then and Other Poems by EJ Thribb (17)’’ (1978)
  • ‘’Goldenballs!’’ (1979)
  • Ingrams, Richard (1979). Private Eye's Bumper Book of Covers. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-552-13787-1. 
  • ‘’Born to Be Queen’’ (1981)
  • ‘’Private Eye’s Oxford Book of Pseuds’’ (1983)
  • ‘’Private Eye Crosswords’’ by Tom Driberg (1983)
  • ‘’The Secret Diary of a Lord Gnome Aged 73 ¾’’ (1983)
  • ‘’Bumper Book of Covers: 1962 – 84’’ (1984)
  • ‘’The Secret Diary of a Lord Gnome Aged 7334’’ (1985)
  • ‘’Cover-Up!’’ (1989)
  • ‘’Private Eye Cover Up! A Selection of the Best Private Eye Covers from the Last Five Years’’ (1990)
  • ‘’Lord Gnome’s Complete Fib & Lie Diet’ (1991)
  • ‘’Poetry Corner: Collected Verses from Thirty Years of Private Eye’’ (1992)
  • ‘’Thomas the Privatised Tank Engine by Incledon Clark’’ (1994)
  • ‘’Lord Gnome’s Literary Companion’’ (1994)
  • ‘’The Private Eye Book of Craig Brown Parodies’’ (1995)
  • ‘’Son of Yobs’’ (1995)
  • ‘’Cover Up!’’ (1995)
  • ‘’The Book of Covers: Celebrating 1000 Issues’’ (1997)
  • Hislop, Ian (1997). Private Eye Book of Millennium Covers. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-18-5. 
  • ‘’Funny Old World’’ (1997)
  • ‘’The Diaries of Auberon Waugh’’ (omnibus; 1998)
  • ‘’The Craig Brown Omnibus’’ (1999)
  • Hislop, Ian (2000). Private Eye Book of Millennium Covers. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-17-7. 
  • ‘’Better Late Than Never’’ (2001)
  • Logue, Christopher (2001). True Stories. André Deutsch. ISBN 0-233-96496-7. 
  • Hislop, Ian (2001). The Little Book of Dumb Britain. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-24-X. 
  • Brown, Craig (2004). Imaginary Friends: The Collected Parodies 2000 – 2004. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-37-1. 
  • Ingrams, Richard (2005). My Friend Footy. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-42-8.  (Richard Ingrams' tribute to the late Paul Foot.)
  • Fantoni, Barry (2005). Scenes You Seldom See. Private Eye Productions. ISBN 1-901784-41-X. 
  • ‘’Dumb Britain’’ (2007)
  • ‘’Dumb Britain’’ (2009)