The Spencer Inheritance

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A Cornelius short story

Publishing History

Summary

This summary lists the chapters of the story, gives a precis of each and comments where appropriate.

One - Leave Me Alone
Quote from Diana, Princess of Wales, TV interview, November 1995
Jerry Cornelius, Shakey Mo Collier, Colonel Hira, Bishop Beesley and Major Nye are in an armoured half-track leaving a civil war torn London and are heading north to liberate the holy relics in the name of their dead liege, who had died reluctantly at Lavender Hill.
Two - Our grief is so deep...
Quote from Diana, Princess of Wales, TV interview, November 1995
Jerry and the others battle half a dozen Morris Wolverines in Kelmscott.
Three - Was Diana Murdered?
Clipping from Daily Bulletin, Majorca, 26 September 1997
The armoured half-track continues - Jerry is suffering from convulsions, Bishop Beesley has finished his Mars Megapak.
Four - Das War Diana
Clipping from Daily Bulletin, Majorca, 26 September 1997
Jerry and the others meet up with Trixiebell Brunner, her mother and the remains of her squadron in Hampstead Heath. They occupy a house which has a view across the battlefield. The airship Princess of Essex passes overhead.
Five - Dodi's Psychiatrist Tells All
Clipping from Diana, Queen of Our Hearts, News of the World, Special Souvenir Photo Album, September 1997
The armoured half-track continues through Highgate.
Six - Now You Belong To Heaven
Quotation from Leslie Thomas, News of the World, 7th September 1997
Jerry reviews a catalogue of armoured vehicles including Rover Revenges, Jaguar Snarlers, Austin Attackers, Morris Wolverines, Hillman Hunters and Riley Reliants.
Seven - Diana's Smile Lit Up Wembley
Clipping from News of the World, September 7th 1997
Jerry and the others meet a group of irregulars.
Eight - Princes Teach Charles To Love Again
Clipping from Daily Bulletin, Majorca, 26 September 1997
Flash Gordon and Una Persson are among the newcomers, they compare notes around a fire.
Nine - Sign Your Name In Our Book Of Condolence
Clipping from News of the World, September 7th 1997
Shakey Mo executes the newcomers prisoners.
Ten - Reflexivity
Quotation from Michael Winner, News of the World, September 7th 1997
The armoured convoy have broken through to the M1 and head towards Long Buckby. Jerry is feeling unwell - disintegrating.
Eleven - Prince Harry To Meet The Spice Girls
Clipping from News of the World, September 7th 1997
The convoy is heading towards the besieged manor of Althorp.
Twelve - Two Billion Broken Hearts
Quotation from Chris Blackhurst, The Observer, October 19, 1997
The siege is lifted. Many of the besiegers are dead including the Old Contender. They plan to sail on a raft to the island.
Thirteen - We'll Win World Cup For Diana
Quotation from Julie Burchill, News of the World, September 7, 1997
They get to the island to discover Frank Cornelius and an empty grave. The body of Diana has been sold to Procter and Gamble for cloning. Miss Brunner is shoved into the coffin by her daughter and the convoy heads off to Coventry.