Basil Boothroyd was one of the most celebrated Punch writers of the 20th century. He first contributed in 1938 and was assistant editor from 1952-1970. He was equally wellknown for his BBC broadcasts and became a much requested public-speaker on both sides of the Atlantic. He published a number of books including three volumes of his radio talks and five volumes of his Punch articles. He produced much of his writing from a hut in his Sussex garden.