That's Me in the Middle

That s Me in the Middle Bartholomew Bandy has become an air ace On the ground he causes disasters wherever he goes but in the air he s deadly shooting down dozens of German planes in the course of thrilling aerial combats

  • Title: That's Me in the Middle
  • Author: Donald Jack
  • ISBN: 9780771043796
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bartholomew Bandy has become an air ace On the ground he causes disasters wherever he goes, but in the air he s deadly, shooting down dozens of German planes in the course of thrilling aerial combats To the amazement of all who know him he becomes Lieut Col Bandy and thanks to his new rank he meets all sorts of people, including his fiancee s memorable family As a hanBartholomew Bandy has become an air ace On the ground he causes disasters wherever he goes, but in the air he s deadly, shooting down dozens of German planes in the course of thrilling aerial combats To the amazement of all who know him he becomes Lieut Col Bandy and thanks to his new rank he meets all sorts of people, including his fiancee s memorable family As a handy but disposable war hero, he encounters a number of hair raising adventures, not to mention English plumbing and an unforgettable honeymoon night That s Me In The Middle is exciting, full of military action in the trenches and in the air, and, as it continues to flirt with history, very funny.

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    About " Donald Jack "

  • Donald Jack

    Novelist, playwright, and scriptwriter Best known for his Bandy Papers novels about WWI ace Bartholomew Bandy, which won Jack the Leacock award three times for volumes of the series Also penned the first modern play performed at the Stratford Festival of Canada, and wrote numerous scripts for television and radio.

  • 354 Comments

  • Oddly, Bandy is at his best when he is at the front, running down officers, stealing cars, and generally causing mayhem for the brass and Germans alike. A large part of this book was set at general headquarters, which was somewhat less interesting. Still would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good laugh.


  • I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, the estate of Donald Jack and Farrago, Prelude Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me. This book was originally published in 1973 by Doubleday. The second of a series titled The Bandy Papers, this book is completely stand alone. I loved the insights into protocol involving flight training in WWI England, and I particularly loved Bart Bandy and his lady love, Katherine Lew [...]


  • Enjoyed this more than the first one. Very funny in places but with an underlying sense of the stupidity of the war, especially the 'brass hats' who seem to have no common sense! Jack's prose is marvelous, and the flying scenes are very well described-giving an idea of what it must have been like to go up in aircraft made from little more than wood and wires.I'm reading the third installment now and I have to say, they just seem to get better. Can't wait to find out what Bandy gets up to next!


  • I am enjoying the Bandy Papers series. Like the first volume, I found That's Me In The Middle a bit variable but never less than enjoyable and exceptionally good in places.Bandy spends the first half of the book as Top Brass in London, giving Jack an opportunity for some well aimed potshots at official incompetence and infighting, treacherous politicians and so on. There is also the usual smattering of pure farce and Bandy's endearingly hopeless social and romantic escapades. This part is well w [...]


  • A really fun read, Bandy is now in full bloom as a character and the fun, and seriousness mix wonderfully. At times approaches the best farce, and quite incredible the interweaving of fact and fiction.


  • Great readVolume 2 is as funny as volume1.A laugh out loud caper of epic portions.Our hapless hero Bandy causing chaos where ever he goes.




  • The second book in Donald Jack's Bandy papers series, this is the novel that convinced me to read more of his works.Set during the last year of the First World War (1914 - 1918), I have to say I found this book to be funnier than both the later installments in the series, and than the previous entry ("Three Cheers For Me"): indeed, this book was the cause of me getting some funny looks when I burst out laughing in work one lunch-time


  • A delightful, hilarious romp through WW1 with a most unlikely, bumbling hero, Bart Bandy. Witty and laugh-out-loud funny, this clever tale is nonetheless well rooted in fact, and thus manages to convey some of the harsh realities and inept leadership of that brutal war. I agree wholehearted with historian Jack Granatstein's comment: "The Bandy Papers deserve to be read in private where insane giggling can go unnoticed." I'm really looking forward to reading more of the Bandy books!


  • This 1974 Stephen Leacock Award winning book is fun. The second in Jack'sBandy Paperscollection, it features the fictional WWI war experiences of a Canadian soldier in the British air force. In addition to being clever and funny, it does a good job of capturing the more mundane experiences of the war and the sometimes slapstick quality of life in those dire times.






  • Bandy at his best (worst?). Gets in deep shit but comes out like a rose. Don't know why I waited 40 years to reread this series. On to number 3 of the Bandy Papers.




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