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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099513889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099513889
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,525 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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‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection: you just bask in its warmth and splendour’ Stephen Fry

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It takes a lot of effort for Jimmy Crocker to become Piccadilly Jim - nights on the town roistering, headlines in the gossip columns, a string of broken hearts and breaches of promise. Eventually he becomes rather good at it and manages to go to pieces with his eyes open.

But no sooner has Jimmy cut a wild swathe through fashionable London than his terrifying Aunt Nesta decides he must mend his ways. He then falls in love with the girl he has hurt most of all, and after that things get complicated.

In a dizzying plot, impersonations pile on impersonations so that (for reasons that will become clear, we promise) Jimmy ends up having to pretend he's himself. Does he deserve a happy ending? Read and find out.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alder on 15 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Possibly the hardest thing in this world to do, is to pick your favourite P G Wodehouse novel. There are so many, and they're all so good.

If you twisted my arm, though, I'd probably choose Picadilly Jim. Jimmy Crocker is an American boy let loose in London. After making a thorough idiot of himself, he's sent home by his scandalised step-mother to settle down and get a job. Instead of that happening, we have a typical Wodehouse comedy, with Jimmy pretending to be someone else (to hide his real identify from the wonderful girl he meets, who hates him for no reason that he can think of) and then pretending to be someone else pretending to be himself. No one else could write this and make it feel probable...
It's light, frothy and endlessly good-humoured, with a sparky heroine and a likeable hero. Read it and smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rita zanelli on 15 Feb 2012
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The book is great fun and I loved it. I got the big laugh reais the second book I read of the author and I really enjoyed reading it.
The book I read in Italian and among some will read it again in its original language
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 18 Jan 2012
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Piccadilly Jim is the first stand-alone novel by PG Wodehouse that I've read, and has impressed me a lot. Despite being set, and written, almost 100 years ago, the plot remains very approachable and the characters believable if a little dated.

When Jimmy Crocker's circumstances force him to have to impersonate himself, things can only get more confusing for him as he attempts to woo a beautiful redhead. Despite the complexity of the plot that rivals Shakespeare for characters pretending to be others, the narrative is easy for the reader to follow, though explaining the humour to someone who hasn't read the book will just tie you up in knots.

The book is set partly in London but mostly in New York, and Wodehouse manages to draw a vivid picture of the charactes who reside in each. It is certainly from the characters rather than the situations that the real humour flows, and Jimmy's suave lines are particularly memorable.

I'm amazed at how well this book has survived the test of time, and am certainly going to read more of Wodehouse's output off the back of it.
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Very amusing, very readable. I have always been a Wodehouse fan and this story did not disappoint. I love it.
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By J. M. Albinson on 1 Oct 2014
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