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Bill the conqueror: His invasion of England in the springtime (Collection of British authors. Tauchnitz edition) Unknown Binding – 1925

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  • Unknown Binding: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Bernhard Tauchnitz; Copyright ed edition (1925)
  • ASIN: B0000EF7QA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in." (Evelyn Waugh)

"The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" (The Independent) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The expected humour, warmth and sparkle is here, in every line of this new Everyman Library edition of Bill The Conqueror --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Sir George Pyke, founder of the Mammoth Publishing Company, is keen for his son, Roderick, to marry his sister's husband's niece, Felicia who is `sprightly enough to put the stuffing into any man'. Unfortunately Roderick is in love with the stenographer from `Society Spice', which Roderick edits with Wodehouse staple Percy Pilbeam, whilst Felicia holds a candle for her childhood sweetheart Bill West, the titular conqueror.

Meanwhile Bill has been sent to England to investigate by his Uncle, Cooley Paradene, why his London office, managed by Wilfred Slingsby, is failing to make a profit. Bill is accompanied by Judson Corker at the bequest of Alice Corker, sister to Judson and fiancée to Bill. Confused? You should be!

Only Wodehouse could right these and other wrongs in a story spanning the Atlantic, involving theft, kidnap, embezzlement and deceit of ever possible flavour. Wodehouse, Bill and true love conquers all.
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Format: Paperback
Sir George Pyke, founder of the Mammoth Publishing Company, is keen for his son, Roderick, to marry his sister's husband's niece, Felicia who is `sprightly enough to put the stuffing into any man'. Unfortunately Roderick is in love with the stenographer from `Society Spice', which Roderick edits with Wodehouse staple Percy Pilbeam, whilst Felicia holds a candle for her childhood sweetheart Bill West, the titular conqueror.

Meanwhile Bill has been sent to England to investigate by his Uncle, Cooley Paradene, why his London office, managed by Wilfred Slingsby, is failing to make a profit. Bill is accompanied by Judson Corker at the bequest of Alice Corker, sister to Judson and fiancée to Bill. Confused? You should be!

Only Wodehouse could right these and other wrongs in a story spanning the Atlantic, involving theft, kidnap, embezzlement and deceit of ever possible flavour. Wodehouse, Bill and true love conquers all.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good read but part of chapter 11 is missing, pages 241 to 272 are missing and replaced by a earlier chapter. I must stress that this has nothing to do with the seller but was a printing error. This is a second hand hard back edition published by Everyman's Library. As I said, a good read as far as it goes, but I will have to source another copy to finish the book.
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HASH(0x9d1cc1a4) out of 5 stars Wodehouse almost always superb. 15 Aug. 2008
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
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Ingenious plot complexities, happy and unhappy coincidences, and satisfying resolutions. Tempts one to believe in "a great purposeful plan governing this sometimes seemingly chaotic world...." [p. 355] His usual funny, striking similes make for vivid descriptions of hilarious encounters and situations. Bill and Felicia each finally avoid marrying the wrong person--but it's not easy. The final unravelling of this threat, and it's complex intertwining with business crime and prosperity is ingenious.

Be sure to read all of Wodehouse--the Shakespeare of humor. And always try to buy the Overlook Press sewn-bound, hard-back edition on acid-free paper, in lovely typeface. Amazon's bargain price is lower than many paperbacks.
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HASH(0x9cd9b33c) out of 5 stars A favorite 28 Sept. 2008
By RaDadIndy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite Wodehouse books. It is one of his many delightful tales that do not concern Jeeves. This tale provides a nice contrast in that none of the major characters impersonate someone else. I also particularly recommend Leave it to Psmith and Hot Water.

I echo the previous reviewer who praises the publisher of this particular series. One quibble: What's with the ghastly cover art on almost every book? Something tasteful and attractive would be far more enticing.
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