JAKE THE POACHER

“You want workin’ on, boy”

The one and only Michael Elphick, as Jake The Poacher, from Withnail & I, my favourite film of all time. I had been planning to do a new book, including all the Withnail & I drawings I’ve done over the past 10 years, together with some new ones – like this one – but on Sunday morning I had an Uncle Monty moment. Rather than the dawning realisation that “I shall never play The Dane” I realised that it just wasn’t worth the effort. Bill Callahan sang that “the mountains don’t need my accolades”, and this film, perfect in every respect, does not need me to draw attention to it.

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