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P. G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one time had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of ninty-three, in the New Year’s Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine’s Day some forty-five days later.
June 2012 Guest Editor Joanne Harris on The Inimitable Jeeves... One of my perennial comfort reads. After all these years in print, still as surprisingly witty and fresh as a Noel Coward musical. The Lovereading view... A collection of stories about Wodehouse's terrifically funny Jeeves and Wooster. A marvellous introduction if you have never read any and a joyous reminder if it has been some time since you escaped in to their world.
'Wodehouse would have made an excellent sports writer' Sunday Times As Wodehouse's biographer Frances Donaldson observed, it was vitally important to the boy Plum that he was 'above average at games'. Luckily, he was known at school as 'a noted athlete, a fine footballer and cricketer [and] a boxer', and sport inspired much of his earliest writings, as well as some of his very finest and laugh-out-loud funniest. Wodehouse wrote with trademark wit on a rich range of games - and on cricket and golf, in particular - as well as anyone ever has, bringing a knowledge and a passion born of practice. English cricket inspired in Wodehouse what he himself long considered to be his favourite work; and yet America (which he first visited keenly and then came to call home) led him to the love of baseball, and golf - enthusiasms that drew him to new tales for new audiences, including the celebrated golf stories which John Updike described as 'the best fiction ever done about the sport.' This rollicking anthology, selected, edited and introduced by the novelist Richard T. Kelly, offers a vivid picture of Wodehouse at play - in the ring, at the crease, on the tee - which is guaranteed to please any sporting crowd. Beginning with early journalism, taking in extracts from novels and short stories in their entirety, it all adds up to a medal-winning collection.
'A splendid anthology' The Times No writer knew better than PG Wodehouse how a drink can lift the spirits - and he was a master at the high comic effects of having a few too many. Highballs for Breakfast is a handpicked selection of wit, wisdom and comic moments from Wodehouse's work that involve getting pickled or plastered, or lathered or sozzled, and getting in and out of all manner of scrapes. If some great writers dwelled on the darker side of drinking, Wodehouse was concerned with the pure pleasure to be had from 'the magic bottle' and getting outside of the contents of a tall glass. His imperishable writing displays a well-turned appreciation for all kinds of booze - cocktails, champagne, port, whiskey and brandy (with soda, of course); but also the humble pint, and even the infamous poteen. This sparkling collection captures Wodehouse at his best on being terribly thirsty, or drowning one's sorrows, or knocking one back for Dutch courage. It finds him celebrating the special atmospheres of the English country pub and the Manhattan barroom. And it shows him to be exceptionally good on hangovers, but equally so on hangover cures, such as the legendary pick-me-ups prepared for Bertie Wooster by the dependable Jeeves. For all lovers of a laugh and a drink, Highballs for Breakfast is a tonic, a bracer, and a tissue-restorer.
An early collection of short stories by Englands greatest humorist, P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves features four tales of Bertie Wooster and his wily manservant, Jeeves and four stories of an early Wooster prototype, self-described chump Reggie Pepper.Eight of the most enjoyable and popular short stories of the early twentieth century My Man Jeeves is a must-read for any Wodehouse fan.
The master of 20th century English humor - P.G. Wodehouse- here presents two classics of the genre- My Man Jeeves and Right Ho, Jeeves. The perpetually befuddled Bertie Wooster and his knight in shining tuxedo Jeeves have long been hailed as the greatest literary creations of P.G. Wodehouse, the most popular English humorist in history. Enjoy these two classic Wodehouse stories in one complete set!
'P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century' Sebastian Faulks 'Jeeves, I'm engaged.' 'I hope you will be very happy, sir.' 'Don't be an ass. I'm engaged to Miss Bassett.' Bertie is feeling most put out when he finds that his friend Gussie is seeking relationship advice from Jeeves. Meanwhile Aunt Dahlia has asked Bertie to present awards at a school prize-giving ceremony. In a stroke of genius, Bertie realises he can kill two birds with one stone, palming off his prize-giving duties to Gussie by assuring him that the object of his affections will be there. Several terrible misunderstandings later and facing chaos, Bertie turns, yet again, to Jeeves who swiftly and ingeniously saves the day. 'Sublime comic genius' Ben Elton
'The Funniest writer ever to put words on paper' Hugh Laurie 'I mean, if you're asking a fellow to come out of a room so that you can dismember him with a carving knife, it's absurd to tack a 'sir' on to every sentence. The two things don't go together.' The odds are stacked against Chuffy when he falls head over heels for American heiress Pauline Stoker. Who better to help him win her over but Jeeves, the perfect gentleman's gentleman. But when Bertie, Pauline's ex-fiance finds himself caught up in the fray, much to his consternation, even Jeeves struggles to get Chuffy his fairy-tale ending. 'The ultimate in comfort reading. For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day' Marian Keyes
Featured in The Sunday Times Great Audiobooks list 'What a very, very lucky person you are. Spread out before you are the finest and funniest words from the finest and funniest writer the past century ever knew' Stephen Fry _____________________________________ 'I expect I shall feel better after tea.' A collection of ten uproarious short stories. From the moment Jeeves cures Bertie of a raging hangover with his own concoction of Worcestershire sauce and tomato juice, they become steadfast partners. Whether it is fixing a plan-gone-wrong, or solving his friends' love lives, Jeeves is Bertie's unfaltering aide through a series of accidental - and self-imposed - misadventures. _____________________________________ 'The incomparable and tireless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes!' Kate Mosse
In this early Jeeves novel, the infamous Bertie Wooster, rebuffing the assistance of his trusty manservant Jeeves, attempts to help his old chum and newt-fancier Gussie Fink-Nottle win the affections of the goofy but adorable Madeline Bassett. But without Jeeves to lend a hand, chaos ensues and Bertie finds himself accidentally - and horribly - engaged to Madeline himself.Right Ho, Jeeves contains a passage described by actor Stephen Fry (a Jeeves and Bertie veteran) as ';the single funniest piece of sustained writing in the language.A much beloved romp by the master of satirical comedy, the legendary P.G. Wodehouse.
'The prose . . . is so gloriously funny you can relish the book over and over again.' The Times (five best British comic novels) 'If you haven't read PG Wodehouse in a hot bath with a snifter of whiskey and ideally a rubber duck for company, you haven't lived [...] A book that's a sheer joy to read.' Independent (40 books to read before you die) 'To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.' Ben Schott Number 15 in 100 Greatest Books of All Time list in Daily Telegraph 'There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, Do trousers matter? ' 'The mood will pass, sir.' Aunt Dahlia has tasked Bertie with purloining an antique cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. In order to do so, Jeeves hatches a scheme whereby Bertie must charm the droopy and altogether unappealing Madeline and face the wrath of would-be dictator Roderick Spode. Though the prospect fills him with dread, when duty calls, Bertie will answer, for Aunt Dahlia will not be denied. In a plot that swiftly becomes rife with mishaps, it is Jeeves who must extract his master from trouble. Again. 'To have one of his books in your hand is to possess, by way of a pill, that which can relieve anxiety, rageiness, or an afternoon-long tendency towards the sour. Paper has rarely been put to better use than printing Wodehouse.' Caitlin Moran
P.G. Wodehouse was a British writer best known for his humorous fiction. Wodehouse's long career produced many classics with his most famous works centering around Jeeves, the genius valet of Bertie Wooster. This edition of Uneasy Money includes a table of contents.
P.G. Wodehouse was a British writer best known for his humorous fiction. Wodehouse's long career produced many classics with his most famous works centering around Jeeves, the genius valet of Bertie Wooster. This edition of William Tell Told Again includes a table of contents.
P.G. Wodehouse was a British writer best known for his humorous fiction. Wodehouse's long career produced many classics with his most famous works centering around Jeeves, the genius valet of Bertie Wooster. This edition of Three Men and a Maid includes a table of contents.
P.G. Wodehouse was a British writer best known for his humorous fiction. Wodehouse's long career produced many classics with his most famous works centering around Jeeves, the genius valet of Bertie Wooster. This edition of The White Feather includes a table of contents.
P.G. Wodehouse was a British writer best known for his humorous fiction. Wodehouse's long career produced many classics with his most famous works centering around Jeeves, the genius valet of Bertie Wooster. This edition of Tales of St. Austin's includes a table of contents.
P.G. Wodehouse was a British writer best known for his humorous fiction. Wodehouse's long career produced many classics with his most famous works centering around Jeeves, the genius valet of Bertie Wooster. This edition of The Coming of Bill includes a table of contents.