Robert Bolt, the playwright and film director who died last week at the age of 70, wrote his children's play, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, following the success of A Man for All Seasons and Dr Zhivago.
Premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company during its 1965 season, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, with its high comedy and colourful characters, soon became popular in schools. This week, Robert Bolt's children's novel, based on the play, is published with illustrations by Mark Robertson. Set in the days of dragons, knights in shining armour and evil magicians, the exploits of Sir Oblong fitz Oblong overcoming the villainous Baron are as engaging in the book as they are in the theatre.Mark Robertson's illustration reproduced here shows Obidiah Bobblenob, the egg painter.
(The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew. Cape Pounds 9.99.
0 224 03676 9).