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Do Butlers Burgle Banks? (EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE) [Hardcover]

P.G. Wodehouse
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Do Butlers Burgle Banks? (1968) features Mike Bond, the hitherto fortunate owner of Bond's Bank, who finds himself in a spot of trouble so serious that he wants someone to burgle the bank before the trustees inspect it. Fortunately for him, Horace Appleby, currently posing as his butler, is on hand to oblige. For Horace is, in fact, not a butler at all but the best sort of American gangster, prudently concealing himself in an English country house while hiding from his rivals. Looking for peace and safety, Horace is to discover before long that the hot-spots of New York are a whole lot more restful than the English countryside. This is the lightest of light comedies, a Wodehousian soufflé from his later years.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Everyman; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591438
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, 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 stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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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)

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""The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum"" (THE INDEPENDENT)

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P.G. Wodehouse is recognised as the greatest English comic writer of the twentieth century. His characters and settings have entered our language and our mythology. Launched on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, the Everyman Wodehouse will eventually contain all the novels and stories, edited and reset. Each Everyman volume will be the finest edition of the master ever published.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Look for Jeeves in this Book 19 Feb 2014
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Do 'Butlers Burgle Banks' is not the most popular of Wodehouse's works and is often left out of lists of his books. But, for those who do know of it, it is a real delight. This butler is a crook who, by answering advertisements for staff, becomes the 'inside man' behind many burglaries. He's the leader and the brains of a gang, and the fact that he looks,speaks and behaves so much like an upper servant is a great asset. Some readers have said that the end of the book is something of a damp sqib. But by then Horace has used his criminal talents to get his young master out of a jam, plans to settle down to respectable married life with one of the female characters and, as his former employer says, "You can't keep on callng me sir".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Butlers Burgle Banks? 5 Jun 2014
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“So true it is that in this life we never know what may be waiting for us around the next corner.”

This is one of those old favourite PGW books that I pull out of the shelves to read regularly. The story does not involve the most well-known characters of PGW Jeeves, Wooster, or indeed any of the Blandings Castle crowd but is nonethless peopled with well-drawn and well-rounded characters who are involved in a cracking tale.

Bond’s Bank, a privately owned bank (this book was first published in 1968) in the town of Wellingford has recently been inherited by Mike Bond after the death of his Uncle Hugo. He seems preoccupied lately, or so his girlfriend and secretary come to believe. Horace Appleby, mastermind of a small but select gang of thieves is about to go and spend a bit of his free time at the Wellingford Races. Charlie Yost believes Horace owes him money from their last job and is going to find him to get it. And in Wellingford, Police Superintendent Jessop is about to be visited for a holiday by his brother-in-law Sergeant Claude Potter who always makes him feel inferior with his Scotland Yard manners.

Of course, there are trials and tribulations for all concerned, and mix-ups and confusion will reign freely for a while before the master of comic novels, P G Wodehouse gets it all sorted in the end. Definitely recommend for a good read, a jolly good story, and loads of chuckles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unlikely burglars 11 Feb 2011
One cannot help admiring the novel's plot, which manages to be at once tight and inventive in a surreally silly way. (A girl gets locked up in a safe, a butler stages an 'audit' at the bank which he and his gang are burgling and thus contrives to throw the police off the scent, one of the burglars finds religion just when his services are most needed, etc. etc.) Most chapters end with an effective twist or on a cliff-hanger and only the novel's conclusion fails to satisfy completely. Some of the jokes may feel a bit tired or dated, but most of the dialogue is amusing in its drollery. There is something very endearing about the whole thing. NB Wodehouse was in his late 80s when he wrote Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
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