Clarence, Earl of Emsworth, as vague and woollen-headed as ever, is set on his pig, Empress of Blandings, winning First Prize in the fat pigs section of the Shropshire Agricultural Show for the third year in succession. So is his brother, that effervescent beau sabreur, Sir Galahad Threepwood, who stands to win a large sum should the Empress triumph a third time. The fly in the ointment is neighbour Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, who has bought a new pig to exhibit in the show, going against the spirit, if not the letter, of the rules. Not only that, but Lord Emsworth's new pig-keeper is a young woman who is not only totally unsuitable for the post, but is also Sir Gregory's cousin. Naturally, Lord Emsworth and the ever-resourceful Gally, are on the alert for any attempt by Sir Gregory to nobble their pig, and as everyone knows, the best form of defence is attack.
"Pigs Have Wings" is the seventh Blandings novel, published in 1952 when Wodehouse was seventy-one. Although he had already published seventy books, he was still at the height of his powers and the plot rolls neatly along in its well-worn groove. All the great Blandings cast are here: Lord Emsworth, as hare-brained as ever; Gally, the beau sabreur; their sister, the domineering Lady Constance; and Beach the Butler, always ready, however reluctantly, to be pressed into service for the good of his employer, before taking solace in a refined glass of Port. The residents are augmented by the usual group of young - and not-so-young - lovers and nefarious villains. The plot, as always with Wodehouse, becomes ever more tangled as the story unfolds, but few writers have been better at complicating, then resolving, their plots. This is one of Wodehouse's best novels, and a highlight in the Blandings saga. No lover of fine comic writing will want to miss this visit to Wodehouse's eternal paradise of Blandings Castle.