Welcome to Blandings Castle, Shropshire, in this edition of stories to coincide with the forthcoming tv series. This book contains five short stories, Pig Hoo-o-o-o-ey!, Lord Emsworth and the Girl, Company for Gertrude, The Go-Getter, and Crime Wave at Blandings, as well as the full length novel Problems With Drink, which I believe was originally called Galahad at Blandings.
Clarence, Lord Emsworth, ninth Earl of Emsworth, wants nothing more than a quiet life. Peace and tranquility in his home with nothing more to worry about than his pig, Empress of Blandings, and Lord Emsworth would be in Paradise. Of course life conspires to make things a bit more boisterous. Having to put up with his sister Constance in the home isn't something that is ideal, and especially when his sow is off her food, there are troubles with romances, and an airgun causes untold temptations. Of course once he has got the overbearing Constance out of his hair he returns to find that his sister Hermione has taken up residence, with her family.
Entering another period of bothersome-ness perhaps Galahad, Gally, as he is affectionately called may be able to help. There are romantic troubles in the air, especially as Hermione is after Clarence to re-kindle a romance with an old flame. Something is always happening at Blandings, and poor Lord Emsworth is always finding himself put upon. That is why I have always found the Blandings stories so entertaining. We all would like some peace and quiet, to put our feet up and relax, but like Lord Emsworth, sometimes we just seem to be thrown in at the deep end.
All the Blandings tales, like the Jeeves and Wooster ones are always well worth reading, and this book makes an ideal introduction especially to those who have never read them before, or only a couple. This kindle edition also has a fully active table of contents, so you can find your way around this e-book with ease.