The Long Banana Skin
The Long Banana Skin is the first of three autobiographies by Michael Bentine, comedy entertainer, particularly known as a member of The Goons and for his television shows It's a Square World. It covers his life and entertainment career up to 1975. Subsequent autobigraphical books are The Door Marked Summer (1981), and The Reluctant Jester (1992).
The war years are covered form his attempts at joining the Royal Air Force and his subsequent service as Intelligence Officer on a Polish Wellington squadron, to his time with the 2nd Tactical Air Force (2nd TAF) in Europe and his experiences of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
Post war the book covers his and his wife Clementina's trip to the United States and Australia and his work on The Goon Show and subsequent television programmes, It's a Square World, The Bumblies, and Michael Bentine's Potty Time – the title being a pun on a children's toilet ('potty').
Other episodes covered are his trip as part of the first hovercraft expedition up the Amazon River as well as his bombardment of the House of Commons with polystyrene cannon balls, fired from the cannons of a mock Chinese junk, as part of a sketch for It's a Square World.
Hardback Publisher: Wolfe (Sep 1975) ISBN 0-7234-0685-5
Paperback Publisher: New English Library (Sep 1976)
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