Hello, Sailor
by Eric Idle

(the first full-length novel written by a Python (Michael Palin's "Hemmingway's Chair," published twenty years later is the second); the novel is about the prime minister and his cabinet, a foreign secretary who is actually dead and stuffed, an astronaut, a conference on arms sales to South Africa, and a man who plans to break the record for seducing the daughters of every minister in the cabinet; the hardcover book has a dustjacket with a 'quick quiz about this book' in the inside flap)

  • Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1975 (U.K.) ISBN 0-297-76929-4 (hardcover)
  • Futura Publications, 1975 (U.K.) ISBN 0-8600-7235-5 (paperback)

The Rutland Dirty Weekend Book
by Eric Idle

(includes dust cover with nude photograph of Eric Idle while inside cover is titled "The Wonderful World of Prince Charles" and the title page says "The Vatican Sex Manual;" contains material inspired by the TV series, with Neil Innes, and a guest page by Michael Palin on "Accountancy and Sex;" illustrated with artwork and photographs, one of which features Connie Booth)

  • Eyre Methuen Limited/Westerham Press Limited, 1976 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-36570-0 (paperback)
  • Methuen / Two Continents, 1976 (U.S.) ISBN 0-846-70185-5 (paperback)
  • Methuen, 1976 (Canada) ISBN 0-458-92100-9 (paperback)

Saturday Night Live
edited by Anne Beatts and John Head

(a book of sketches by the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players; includes a series of photos of Eric Idle, who was a guest host in 1976, in various stages of undress in a hotel bedroom)

  • Avon Books, 1977 (U.S.) ISBN 0-380-01801-2 (paperback)


Pass the Butler
by Eric Idle

(script of the play by Eric Idle; the play was first presented in 1981 by the Cambridge Theatre Company and later played at the Globe Theatre; the story is about Sir Robert Charles, the minister of defense, who is ill and is later murdered in his English country house and the attempts of a police inspector to discover who did it)

  • Methuen London, Ltd., 1982 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-49990-1 (paperback)

Footlights!: A Hundred Years of Cambridge Comedy
by Robert Hewison

(well researched account of Cambridge University's Footlights Club, from its founding in 1883 to 1983; covers Footlights years in which Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Eric Idle were members; preface written by Eric Idle; Graham Chapman is featured in a photograph on the back)

  • Methuen London, Ltd., 1983 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-51150-2 (hardcover)
  • Methuen London, Ltd., 1984 (U.K.) ISBN 0-413-56050-3 (paperback)

I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (1984) (see John Cleese)

Son of "Curried Eggs": A Second Helping of Classic Comedy Sketches (1984) (see Graham Chapman)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989) (see Terry Gilliam)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen: The Screenplay (1989) (see Terry Gilliam)

The Rolling Stone Book of Comedy
photographs by Bonnie Schiffman, text by Bill Zehme

(a collection of more than eighty photographs of famous comedians in celebration of the people who have kept us laughing; Eric Idle is featured in a black and white photo, sporting a butler's uniform (sans trousers), a cup of tea, and a dinner bell)

  • Little, Brown and Co., 1991 (U.S.) ISBN 0-8212-1848-4 (hardcover)

Losing the Light: Terry Gilliam and the Munchausen Saga (1991) (see Terry Gilliam)

The Golden Age of Children's Television (1991) (see Terry Gilliam)

The Golden Age of Children's Television Quiz Book (1992) (see Terry Gilliam)

Saturday Night Live: The First Twenty Years
edited by Michael Cader

(a tribute to and behind-the-scenes look at this American television series; lists all of the hosts through May 14, 1994, including four time hosts Eric Idle and Michael Palin; does not mention Eric Idle's brief appearance with triple hosts Steven Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase, nor does it mention Michael Palin's appearance with host Michael Keaton and Graham Chapman's appearance with host Olivia Newton John; cites Michael Palin's involvement with classic skits such as "The Nerds" and "Miles Cowperthwaite")

  • Cader Books/Houghton Mifflin, 1994 (U.S.) ISBN 0-395-70895-8 (hardcover)
  • Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 0-395-75284-1 (paperback)

Casper: The Movie Storybook
by Leslie McGuire

(a children's storybook of the movie with numerous color photographs from the film; includes pictures of Eric Idle who plays "Dibs," a friend of the not-very-friendly Carrigan Crittenden, who inherits the house haunted by Casper and his three uncles)

  • Price Stern Sloan, Inc., 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 0-8431-3856-4 (paperback)

Casper: Junior Novelization
by Lisa Rojany

(a junior novelization of the movie screenplay; includes full-color photo section, including pictures of Eric Idle)

  • Price Stern Sloan, Inc., 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 0-8431-3854-8 (paperback)

adapted by Laura M. Rossiter

(a photo-illustrated book of the film; includes simplified story line for children three to eight years old; includes photographs of Eric Idle)

  • Golden Book/Western Publishing Company, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 0-307-12834-2 (paperback)
  • Golden Book/Western Publishing Company, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 0-307-62834-5 (library binding)

Casper Eye Illusions
by Jim Anderson

(four volumes with stereograms of Casper, his uncles, and other spooky images; includes regular photo inserts of scenes from the movie, including photographs of Eric Idle)

  • Honey Bear Books/Modern Publishing, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 1-56144-679-3 (paperback)
  • Honey Bear Books/Modern Publishing, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 1-56144-680-7 (paperback)
  • Honey Bear Books/Modern Publishing, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 1-56144-681-5 (paperback)
  • Honey Bear Books/Modern Publishing, 1995 (U.S.) ISBN 1-56144-682-3 (paperback)

Casper: A Sixteen Month 1996 Calendar
by Day Dream Publishing

(special 16 month calendar (September 1995 - December 1996); features 13 images from the film, including one of Eric Idle and Kathy Moriarty)

  • Day Dream Publishing Inc./K.C. Knox Distributors, Inc., 1996 (U.S.) ISBN 1-57081-441-4 (paperback)

The Wind in the Willows: The Complete Illustrated Screenplay (1996) (see Terry Jones)

Something Like Fire: Peter Cook Remembered (1996) (see John Cleese)

The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
by Eric Idle, illustrated by Wesla Weller

(Eric Idle's first children's book; based on the poems, drawings, and writings of Edward Lear; story is about an owl and a pussycat who go on an incredible journey to rescue to the Bong tree from the evil Fire Lord; there is also an audio version of this book)

  • Dove Books (Juvenile), 1996 (U.S.) ISBN 0-7871-1042-6 (hardcover)

Peter Cook: A Biography (1997) (see Graham Chapman)


The Road to Mars: A Post-Modem Novel
has also been cited as Levity, Or the Road to Mars
by Eric Idle

(Eric Idle's second novel; it is about the nature of humour and tells the story of two comedians on tour in the 23rd century with a robot "programmed with the entire history of comedy," when galactic war breaks out; the title is a bow to the Hope-Crosby Road movies)

  • Pantheon Books, 1999 (U.S.) ISBN 0-676-591000-0 (paperback) (uncorrected bound proof)
  • Pantheon Books, 1999 (U.S.) ISBN 0-375-40340-X (hardcover)
  • Boxtree, 1998 (U.K.) ISBN 075222414X (hardcover)
  • Vintage Books, 1998 (U.S.) ISBN 0-375-70312-8 (paperback)
  • Boxtree, 1999 (U.K.) ISBN 0752224190 (paperback)
  • Pan Macmillan, 2000 (U.K.) ISBN 0-330-48180-0 (paperback) (new edition)
  • Ullstein Tb, 2002 (Germany) ISBN 3548255116 (paperback) (translated version, entitled "Die Reise zum Mars")
  • Argo, 2002 (Czechoslovakia) ISBN 80-7203-467-7 (hardcover) (translated version, entitled "Cesta na Mars: postmodemový román")
  • Ullstein Tb, 2004 (Germany) ISBN 3548840116 (paperback) (translated version, entitled "Die Reise zum Mars")

Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python Souvenir Program
by Eric Idle

(the official souvenir program for Eric Idle's 2000 U.S. tour, during which Eric traveled the U.S. and performed Monty Python sketches and songs; five actors joined Eric, along with John Du Prez and The Rutland Sympathy Orchestra; the program is titled Liverdance and contains a collection of classic Eric Idle bits and some new written comedy material)

  • Green Street Press, 2000 (U.S.) ISBN n/a (paperback)

The Greed Bastard Tour Souvenir Program
by Eric Idle

(the official program for Eric Idle's 2003 U.S. tour; a much longer tour than the 2000 Exploits show; two other actors join Eric this year (Peter Crabbe and Jennifer Julian, who were both part of the 2000 show), and John Du Prez provides almost all of the musical accompaniment; the program is almost identical to the 2000 one, except for a few additions, such as a full page ad for Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch and the Rutland Isles page)

  • Green Street Press, 2003 (U.S.) ISBN n/a (paperback)

The Greedy Bastard Diary: A Comic Tour of America
by Eric Idle

(Eric Idle's journal which he kept while touring America performing his Greedy Bastard Tour revue show in late 2003; the journal covers all 80 days of the tour, with Eric offering observations, memories, and humorous tales from the road; the 256-page book includes a 16-page color photo insert)

  • Harper Collins, 2005 (U.S.) ISBN 0-06-075864-3 (hardcover)
  • Orion Publishing Company, 2005 (U.K.) ISBN 0297850997 (hardcover)