More and more people are looking at Cocque online, Harry Cocque that is

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Author Colin Baines is amazed at the response to his comic creation, fictional Dorset pensioner Harry Cocque, and has announced a free limerick competition to win signed copies of his book, Harry Cocque: That's Reet Boy.

In these day of almost constant bad news, it's still permitted to have a good old-fashioned laugh now and again.

It seems there is still an appetite for good old-fashioned 'end of the pier' British humour after all, as author Colin Baines has discovered. Colin's comic creation Harry Cocque, a fictional old Dorset gentleman of 92, is attracting a growing audience through the social medium of Twitter, much to Colin's surprise.

Colin says, “Having written a book about Harry's frankly ludicrous youth in rural Dorset between the two world wars, I thought it might be amusing if Harry 'tweeted' from his rest home. The response has been truly astonishing. His follower number continues to increase, and some of the interaction Harry has with fellow 'tweeters' is absolutely hilarious. Although I'm sure everyone is well aware that Harry isn't real, it doesn't seem to put people off at all. If anything, it seems to add to the fun.”

Colin has now announced a free limerick competition to win signed copies of his book, full details of which are available on Harry's own website, The closing date for entries is 31 July 2012.

“In his own peculiar way, I feel Harry is helping to put Dorset on the map” added Colin, “I am also hoping that the limerick competition will bring out some of the comic talent I see every day on Twitter. There are some very funny people about, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.”

Perhaps unusually in today's world, Harry does not swear or use any bad words, but can be a bit 'ooer missus' at times. The Harry Cocque book contains some outrageous double entendres and has been described as 'a cracking read,' 'achingly funny,' 'a little gem of a book' and 'the perfect gift for anyone in the world you might like.'

Colin is currently working on the sequel, Harry Cocque: Dung & Doodlebugs, set mostly in the early 1940s.

To find out more about Colin Baines, please visit The paperback edition of Harry Cocque: That's Reet Boy! can be purchased via Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith and all major online retailers. Kindle and iBook editions are also available. Follow Harry on Twitter: @HarryCocque

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