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Above Average at Games

by P.G. Wodehouse

Above Average at Games Synopsis

'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.

Above Average at Games Press Reviews

[E]ven if you aren't [interested in the technical aspects], bits make you laugh out loud. * Tablet * [H]ilarious and incisive; Wodehouse brilliantly sends up his own ineptitude (he was an 18 handicap), while managing to write of the sport with keenness of insight. * Irish Times * There are several authors whose work should be required reading for every youngster in the land . . . PG Wodehouse, widely regarded as the greatest comic author of the twentieth century, is [one] . . . Novelist Richard T. Kelly has selected, edited and introduced a rip-roaring anthology . . . we're treated to extremely funny observations on cricket, golf, boxing, rugby and even baseball. * Wales Evening Post: Sports Book of the Month * Above Average at Games is the sort of book that should be tackled from the comfort of a deep leather armchair in front of the fire at the Drone Club [...] If Wodehouse hadn't found success with Jeeves and Wooster and Lord Emsworth and all that crowd, he would have made an excellent sports writer [...] He writes with great affection about the sporting world. * Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786332004
Publication date: 31st October 2019
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Publisher: Hutchinson an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Categories: Sports & outdoor recreation, Prose: non-fiction,

About P.G. Wodehouse

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as 'Plum') wrote about seventy novels and some three hundred short stories over seventy-three years. He is widely recognised as the greatest 20th-century writer of humour in the English language. Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories include gems concerning the irrepressible and disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur ...

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