Bindle cover


Herbert George Jenkins (1876-1923)

1. Chapter I The Bindles at Home
2. Chapter II A Nocturnal Adventure
3. Chapter III The Hypnotic Fiasco
4. Chapter IV The Heartys at Home
5. Chapter V Bindle Tries a Change of Work
6. Chapter VI The Hotel Corridor
7. Chapter VII Bindle Commits an Indiscretion
8. Chapter VIII The Great Conspiracy
9. Chapter IX The Temperance Fete
10. Chapter X Mr. Hearty Prays for Bindle
11. Chapter XI Mr Hearty Becomes Extremely Unpopular
12. Chapter XII Bindle Agrees to Become a Millionaire
13. Chapter XIII Oxford's Welcome to Bindle
14. Chapter XIV Mr. Hearty Gives a Party
15. Chapter XV Bindle and the German Menace
16. Chapter XVI The Amateur Detectives
17. Chapter XVII Bindle Makes a Mistake
18. Chapter XVIII Bindle Assists in an Elopement
19. Chapter XIX The Scarlet Horse Coterie
20. Chapter XX Millie Leaves Home
21. Chapter XXI Conclusion

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Herbert Jenkins' most popular fictional creation was Mr. Joseph Bindle, who first appeared in a humorous novel in 1916 and in a number of sequels. In the preface to the books, T. P. O'Connor said that "Bindle is the greatest Cockney that has come into being through the medium of literature since Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers". The stories are based on the comedic drama of life at work, at home and all the adventures that take place along the way. Bindle leaves a path of good-natured destruction behind him and walks away unscathed every time. He is not above embellishing and loves the joke. He refers to jokes as the anesthetic that allows him to endure the operation of life. When he sets about fixing things, they had better well stay fixed or they'll have him to deal with. Indeed, he is a sort of superhero of the Everyman. Let the hilarity begin!