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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman; New Ed edition (15 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591285
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,356 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; "He exhausts superlatives" Stephen Fry; "Pure word music" Douglas Adams; "The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" The Independent; "The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare" Evening Standard; "A handsome, collectable hardback edition" Lynne Truss, The Times"

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PG Wodehouse was born on the 15th October 1881 in Guildford, Surrey, England

He was educated at Dulwich College between 1894 & 1900

In 1900 he entered the employ of the Hong Kong & Shanghai bank at £80 per year ! He began writing articles for various newspapers & periodicals

In 1902 he resigned from the bank

In the same year his 1st novel The Pothunters was published On the 25th April 1904 Plum arrived in New York for the first time

This was the beginning of Plum's career in musicals and editorships

As the money starts to come in Plum buys a car (a Darracq Auto)

After one lesson he crashes the car into a hedge and never drives again ! Plum then wrote many highly successful novels as well as musicals

In 1929 he signed a contract to work as a screenwriter in Hollywood

He complains of being paid far too much money for far too little work !

This causes a mini public relations storm in the US press In 1932 Plum returned to England for a short time before settling in France

In 1940 Germany occupied France and Plum was interned

Wodehouse made a series of radio broadcasts which were widely misconstrued

He was vilified and persecuted by the BBC and the English press

Confidential records now released show that Wodehouse was totally innocent of the accusations

Guilty perhaps only of a little naivety In 1947 Plum moved back to to the USA

In 1955 he became a US citizen

In 1967 British Prime Minister James Callaghan blocked a Knighthood, read the government report.

In 1974 his last complete novel Aunts aren't Gentlemen was published

In 1975 he was finally knighted by the Queen

Plum's health was so poor his Doctor forbade the trip to England

It is believed that the Queen Mother felt so strongly for Wodehouse

and at the appalling treatment he had received

that she wanted to travel to the US and Knight him herself !

However once again Government interference unjustly stopped this On the 14th Feb 1975 Plum sadly died in hospital

"after a good morning's work on his latest novel" Wodehouse was the quintessential British author who only now receives

the full credit he deserves

PG Wodehouse was born on the 15th October 1881 in Guildford, Surrey, England He was educated at Dulwich College between 1894 & 1900 In 1900 he entered the employ of the Hong Kong & Shanghai bank at £80 per year ! He began writing articles for various newspapers & periodicals In 1902 he resigned from the bank In the same year his 1st novel The Pothunters was published On the 25th April 1904 Plum arrived in New York for the first time This was the beginning of Plum's career in musicals and editorships As the money starts to come in Plum buys a car (a Darracq Auto) After one lesson he crashes the car into a hedge and never drives again ! Plum then wrote many highly successful novels as well as musicals In 1929 he signed a contract to work as a screenwriter in Hollywood He complains of being paid far too much money for far too little work ! This causes a mini public relations storm in the US press In 1932 Plum returned to England for a short time before settling in France In 1940 Germany occupied France and Plum was interned Wodehouse made a series of radio broadcasts which were widely misconstrued He was vilified and persecuted by the BBC and the English press Confidential records now released show that Wodehouse was totally innocent of the accusations Guilty perhaps only of a little naivety In 1947 Plum moved back to to the USA In 1955 he became a US citizen In 1967 British Prime Minister James Callaghan blocked a Knighthood, read the government report. In 1974 his last complete novel Aunts aren't Gentlemen was published In 1975 he was finally knighted by the Queen Plum's health was so poor his Doctor forbade the trip to England It is believed that the Queen Mother felt so strongly for Wodehouse and at the appalling treatment he had received that she wanted to travel to the US and Knight him herself ! However once again Government interference unjustly stopped this On the 14th Feb 1975 Plum sadly died in hospital "after a good morning's work on his latest novel" Wodehouse was the quintessential British author who only now receives the full credit he deserves


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poldy on 15 Jun. 2011
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Buzzer J.P. Weatherby is fired from his post with J.B. Duff, of Duff and Trotter's Paramount Hams, and takes a post as valet to American Howard Steptoe, former boxer, former actor, and much put-upon as so many Wodehouse husbands are, and whose wife is trying to make him a gentleman. They live at Claines Hall with her sister-in-law Mrs Chavender, who was once engaged to Mr Duff. Also among the household is Sally, a poor relation who is engaged to Lord Holbeton, whose trustee is Mr Duff, and who wants his trustee to unbutton some of the needful so they can marry. Joss sees Sally and falls in love. Mr Duff wants the portrait Joss once painted of Mrs Chavender, and which now hangs in the breakfast room of Claines Hall, for a new poster campaign. Add to the mix a suspicious butler and the stage is set for a classic Wodehouse farce.

This charming novel, from 1940, contains all the classic Wodehouse elements: a country house, a hen-pecked husband, a young couple in love but - in the girl's case - engaged to the wrong person, disguises and impersonations, people who urgently need money but can't ask for it outright, and a young Buzzer of a hero. Wodehouse was a master at inventing tangled plots then, when all seems lost, untangling them so that everyone gets their just deserts, and "Quick Service" is one of his finest achievements. A witty and sunny novel set in a serpentless Eden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 19 Mar. 2015
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"Quick Service" is arguably the best of Wodehouse's stand-alone novels and if you have found it and have made it to this site you are to be congratulated and you should be rewarded.

This is a standalone in that it is not part of a Bertie and Jeeves, or Drones Club, or Mulliner, or any other, series. The hero, Joss Weatherby, may be one of Wodehouse's finest creations, but alas, I do not believe that he appears in any other story or novel. Indeed, none of the characters in this book appear in any other Wodehouse book, although they are all 100% in the style and manner of your Wodehouse favorites. The funny thing is that each character is a particularly fine example of the Wodehouse style. Weatherby is particularly bright, clever and charming. Love interest Sally is perfectly Sally-ish. Imperious Mrs. Cavendish is terrifying; J.B. Duff is every inch the "ham king" businessman. If you could hand an unbeliever or a newbie one Wodehouse book to get him hooked, this would be it.

That is especially so because the book, for all of its complexities and sub-plots and twists and turns, screams along without any wasted motion. While this may be sacrilege, I believe even the most ardent admirers would admit that sometimes a Wodehouse novel, as opposed to short story, can bog down a bit here and there. Sometimes a scene or a bit of business seems like it's been done before. But not in this book. There is no waste and no filler, and every line is precise and necessary. This gives the whole enterprise a light and zippy feel as we scream toward multiple deserved happy endings for all.

What a nice find. What a treat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 17 Feb. 2008
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`Quick Service' is a Wodehouse farce set in a country estate where various competing parties are attempting to fake the theft of a oil painting for various reasons, to secure the required trust money to marry, secure employment, secure money to pay bad debt's or simply to remove an eye sore from a feature of prominence. Possibly one of the most familiar Wodehouse plots driving many a short story and being featured in a host of novels, and yet, `Quick Service' is one of the most fresh and seemingly original of all of Wodehouse's novels.

This appearance of originality is possibly due to all of the characters are totally new to the reader or, since they are all Wodehouse stock characters, that they fail to allude to the Drones or any other of Wodehouse's worlds more famous landmarks. Sally Fairmile is engaged to Lord Holbeton whom cannot marry without the approval of his trustee Mr James Duff who was previously engaged to Mrs Chavendar whom is sister-in-law to Sally's Aunt Mrs Steptoe who's husband has recently employed Joss Weatherby whom has been previously employed by both James Duff and Mrs Chavendar and who has fallen in love with Sally. It never fails to amaze me that Wodehouse didn't need to write novels as long as `War and Peace' in order to resolve all his sub plots.

And so in under two hundred and forty pages Wodehouse's musical comedy with no music is played out leaving his audience baying for more.
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