This small collection contains material for the first novel by Patrick Ryan, How I Won the War (1963). Set in the Second World War,
the novel follows the haphazard career of Lieutenant Ernest Goodbody. A hilarious
satire of war memoirs, the novel gained little acclaim until the more sardonic
adaptation in 1967 starring Michael Crawford and John Lennon.
After serving in the British army during World War II, Ryan was a writer for the
humor and satire magazine Punch, which was wildly
popular in Great Britain. He also contributed to Playboy and Holiday magazines and was the
Head Postmaster of Harrogate. His other novels include Hubert
Calendar Counts his Blessings (1965), How I
Became a Yorkshireman (1967), and Clancy, My
Friend, My Friend (1969).
Contained here is the setting copy, with revisions, for the novel that was published
in 1963. There is no material in the collection related to Ryan's other works
personal affairs, of which little is generally known.