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Monty Python's Big Red Book is a humour book comprising mostly material derived and reworked from the first two series of the Monty Python's Flying Circus BBC television series.[1] Edited by Eric Idle, it was first published in the UK in 1971 by Methuen Publishing Ltd. It was later published in the United States in 1975 by Warner Books.

Monty Python's Big Red Book
Cover of Monty Python's Big Red Book hardback, 1971.
EditorEric Idle
AuthorsGraham Chapman
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Terry Jones
Michael Palin
IllustratorTerry Gilliam
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date
1 November 1971
Published in English
Print (hardcover)
Followed byThe Brand New Monty Python Bok 

As well as the comedy content, the title itself is a humorous reference to Mao Zedong's Little Red Book— despite the title, the book has a blue cover. To add to the confusion, the credits page refers to it as Monty Python's Big Brown Book.

The book contains some stills of footage shot for And Now For Something Completely Different but not used, including "Ken Shabby" and "Le Pouff Celebre/Flying Sheep".

Shortly after publication the book ran into trouble when a music publishing company objected to the use of their trade name being used on the "Bing Tiddle Tiddle Bong" sheet music. After the first 75,000 copies were sold, all subsequent editions removed the reference to "The Wright Ukulele Tutor" and replaced it with "The Volti Subito".[2]

In 1972 a paperback edition was issued with the words "Special New Hardback Edition" replacing the "Very Urgent" sticker on the front cover. In 1981 both this book and The Brand New Monty Python Bok were reissued as a hardback book entitled The Complete Works Of Shakespeare And Monty Python: Volume One – Monty Python. Paperback editions of both these books were reissued again in 1986 as The Monty Python Gift Boks, sold together inside an outer cover which folded out into a mini poster.

In 2008 Monty Python's Big Red Book was referenced in the Doctor Who episode "Silence in the Library".


  • Forewords
  • Advertisements
  • Juliette – Ken Shabby & Rosemary, A True Love Story Of Our Times
  • Credits
  • Why Accountancy Is Not Boring
  • Naughty Pages
  • Join The Professionals
  • The Silly Party
  • Keyhole For voyeurs
  • Batley Ladies Townswomen's Guild
  • E.D. Silly's Page
  • Spam
  • Sports Page
  • Arts Page
  • Horace Poem
  • The World Encyclopedia Of Carnal Knowledge
  • Australia Page
  • Children's Page
  • Postal Blackmail
  • A Song For Europe
  • The Importance Of Being Earnest
  • Are You Civilised?
  • Le Pouff Celebre
  • Madame Palm Writes
  • The Family Tree Of Johann Gambolputty...
  • The Greatest Upper Class Race In The World
  • What To Look For In A Great Twit
  • Lumberjack Song
  • Do-It-Yourself Story
  • Goat's Page
  • Hello O.N.s Everywhere
  • Whizzo Assortment
  • English To Hungarian Phrasebook
  • Johnson's Novelties
  • How To Walk Silly
  • Be A Modern Hermit
  • The Poems Of Ewen McTeagle
  • The Piranha Brothers
  • Python Literary Guild
  • Bibliography



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  2. ^ Hewison, Robert: Monty Python: The Case Against, p29-30, published in 1981 by Eyre Methuen