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Plum Pie (Jeeves, #13.5)

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 5 stars

This is a great collection of short stories by the master of upper class absurdity including one Jeeves and Wooster story, two Bingo Little ones and one Ukridge story. All are great fun to read and full of the warm humour that is Wodehouse’s trademark.

The stories are interspersed with little vignettes of ‘Our Man in America’, being (supposed) newspaper cuttings and commentary on life in America. It’s hard to know if they’re factual or not, since many of them are extremely silly or surreal, and yet real life has a habit of being stranger than fiction, especially in America.

A great collection for any established Wodehouse fan and a great way to get a flavour of his work for the newbie.

Book details

ISBN: 9781841591537
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Year of publication: 1966

The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 5 stars

I’ve only been a convert to Wodehouse for a few months but between the few books that I’ve read and the Fry and Laurie TV show, I’m a fervent one. This fairly slim volume contains several more adventures of the slightly daft upper-class gent and his razor-sharp manservant, including several that I recognised from the TV series, which I’m consuming with great relish.

Easy to read, and great fun, I’d highly recommend Wodehouse to anyone who hasn’t yet encountered him.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140284126
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year of publication: 1923

The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7)

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 4 stars

This tells the tale of the affair of the 18th century cow-creamer, a small, brown leather notebook, Gussie Fink-Nottle and his fiancĂ©e Madeline Bassett where the Wooster soul and Jeeves’ ingenuity are tested to the limit. Full of improbable coincidences, farcical set-pieces and outlandish characters, this was a great fun book that had me giggling several times. A great introduction to Bertram Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman.

Book details

ISBN: 9781841591001
Publisher: Everyman's Library
Year of publication: 1938

Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 4 stars

Since I’ve never read any Wodehouse, I was asking around and someone in the office said he had a couple and brought them in for me. This is the first that I’ve finished. Eggs, Beans and Crumpets is a collection of nine short stories, mostly featuring some of Wodehouse’s recurring characters (Bingo Little, Mr Mulliner and Ukridge are all present). Reading them in quick succession was actually a bit wearing after a while, particularly the Bingo Little stories, since they mostly followed the same formula, but they’re wittily written and easy to read.

To be honest, I’m not actually sure if Wodehouse was being satirical in his stories or just reporting an exaggerated version of life for the upper classes in that time, but either way, I’ve enjoyed my first introduction to him, although in future I may space out his short stories a bit more.

Book details

ISBN: 9781841591063
Publisher: Overlook Press
Year of publication: 1940

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