Best of The Chap is a 300-page collection of the best articles, interviews and photoshoots from the last 20 years of The Chap.
This hardback tome includes features from the earliest editions, when The Chap was a slim pamphlet taken by a discreet handful of dissolute dandies, such as The Semiotics of Smoking, Gentlemanly Ailments and Trouser Semaphore. Later editions are represented with features such as a guide for the student, the budding actor and Kipper & Grape’s World of Sport. Stephen Fry appears twice, in interviews about being awarded Pipe Smoker of the Year and a later one about sartorial matters. Subjects as diverse as gastronomy (Keith Floyd), cricket (Stalag Fixtures), military manoevres, millinery, vintage events, beatniks, birdwatching, science and boozing.
Where else could you read about how to build a medium-sized Hadron Collider in your garden shed? Also included are encounters with icons of the publication, such as Barry Humphries, Richard E Grant, Chris Eubank, Adam Ant, Sir Roger Moore, John Waters and a man who crossed the Alps on a Space Hopper.
If you’re new to The Chap and want to catch up on what you’ve missed for the last 20 years, or if you’ve read the occasional issue and wished you’d read more, Best of The Chap tells the whole story.