“Just fancy that”: my copy arrived this morning.
I have read it in one sitting of around seven hours – and was very surprised indeed to reach the end of the book and to find myself listed in the Acknowledgements following all the distinguished names that us Eyelets have known for so long.
I’m probably too biased to give an objective review or comment thoroughly after only one reading but the format works far better that I thought it would – it answers most of the questions most people could ask (but not all of them…) – and so avoids being “Son Of The Private Eye Story Rides Again, Part Two”.
Peter Ward (Designer) and Bridget Tisdall (Illustration compiler) and Butler, Tanner & Dennis (printers) have made the actual PETFFY book the best produced of all the Eye publications over the last five decades. I hope the hardback stands up to the constant use it’ll get from readers like me.
A pity Adam M (and/or Ian H) couldn’t write some kind of foreword or introduction and for me, as ever, the lack of a full index will be frustrating, as with the magazines (so there’s plenty left to do for the next time, whenever that is).
Now let’s see what else will be said about the Eye in the next few weeks – and if PETFFY provokes even a lawyer’s letter, if not a writ (it would be almost disappointing if it doesn’t).
Oh yeah, by the way: Private Eye – Thank you all for the last fifty years.