Dr Fegg’s comic masterwork has become a collector’s item since it went out of print in the 1980’s. Now Methuen, original publishers of Dr. Fegg’s Encylopeadia, have reprinted this subversive and very funny book by Terry Jones and Michael Palin in the first new edition since 1984.
Terry and I were always rather fond of this so-called “educational” work written and supervised by someone totally unsuitable. Dr.Fegg stands as a beacon of political incorrectness in an earnest liberal world. The Encyclopeadia (sic) allowed Terry and myself to further indulge our Python brand of humour, but in a book, rather than on television.
On my stage tour last year I read extracts from Dr.Fegg and they were invariably highlights of the evening, with many people afterwards enquiring after the book, and expressing disappointment that it was no longer available. This year, Methuen has finally overcome some production problems and after thirty years the book has finally been re-released.
The timing couldn’t be better. Having just finished The Thirty Years Tour – which covered 17 venues across England and Ireland. Dr Fegg was an essential element of the show, and there was a lot of interest in the Encylopeadia.
It’s very silly, lavishly illustrated by wonderful cartoonists like Martin Honeysett, and Terry and I are very excited that this odd and rather wonderful antidote to education is once again available for anyone with a sense of humour.