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Anstey, F.: Tourmalin’s Time Cheques. v1. 04 Dec 2021

Bored on a sea voyage from Australia back to England, Peter Tourmalin is approached by a stranger and offered a chance to deposit his excess time in a “time bank”, which can be withdrawn later by writing a check and presenting it to any clock. Complications will arise, not the least of which being an excess of fiancées.

This 1891 novel is among the first to incorporate time travel, and is credited with being the first story to invoke “temporal pardoxes.”

… a charming and witty little book, filled with cheeky good humor.
(— adapted from Goodreads review)


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Thomas Anstey Guthrie (8 August 1856 – 10 March 1934) was an English author (writing as F. Anstey), most noted for his comic novel Vice Versa about a boarding-school boy and his father exchanging identities. His reputation was confirmed by The Tinted Venus and many humorous parodies in Punch magazine. Guthrie became an important member of the staff of Punch, in which his “Voces Populi” pieces and his humorous parodies of a reciter’s stock-pieces (“Burglar Bill,” etc.) represent his best work. Other familiar titles include The Black Poodle and The Brass Bottle. Many of Anstey’s stories have been adapted into theatrical productions and motion pictures.

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