Beefy Jones is a lovable rogue. Not very bright, but strong and kind-hearted, he lives with a gang of petty criminals and Jack-the-Lads in the disused loft of a church hall. The Vicar, meanwhile, is blissfully unaware of this motley gang of uninvited occupants. Returning home early one evening, Beefy overhears a meeting of the Church Council discussing the demolition of the church hall – their home. The gang then embarks on a series of adventures with one aim in mind – to sabotage the vicar’s plans by any means they can. In this hugely funny story, they find themselves involved in a series of madcap escapades with the ever-willing Beefy always at the centre of the action.
Author biography:Eric Malpass worked in a bank after leaving school, but his firm ambition was to become a novelist and he wrote in his spare time for many years.
His first book, ‘Morning’s at Seven’, was published to wide acclaim. With an intuitive eye for the quirkiness of family life, his novels are full of wry comments and perceptive observations. This exquisite sense of detail has led to the filming of three of his books. His most engaging character is Gaylord Pentecost – a charming seven-year-old who observes the strange adult world with utter incredulity.
Eric Malpass also wrote biographical novels, carefully researched and highly evocative of the period. Amongst these is ‘Of Human Frailty’, the moving story of Thomas Cramner.
With his amusing and lovingly drawn details of life in rural England, Malpass’ books typify a certain whimsical Englishness – a fact which undoubtedly contributes to his popularity in Europe.
Married with a family, Eric Malpass lived in Long Eaton, near Nottingham, until his death in 1996.