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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (18 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591506
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 13.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,418 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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"The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare" (Evening Standard)

"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)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barty Literati on 30 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
A REVIEW OF `SAM THE SUDDEN' BY P.G. WODEHOUSE

There is a scene in the opening episode of `Blackadder Goes Forth' in which George, played by Hugh (soon-to-be Bertrum Wooster) Laurie, tells his captain, in reference to his rather primitive painting that, "It's coming... It's definitely coming." The same might be said for P.G. Wodehouse's `Sam The Sudden' (1925) which, if not 100% Plum-struck gold, is definitely an important step in defining a timeless style of comic writing. In later issues of the novel, Wodehouse included an introduction in which he praised his early(ish) work. Whilst this admiration might be a trifle over-cooked (I would argue that the short stories from the early-mid 1920s are more deserving of the praise), there is still much to enjoy.

The plot of `Sam The Sudden' revolves around the adventures of the young, headstrong Sam Shotter, who arrives in England from America at the request of his wealthy uncle. Ostensibly there to show his worth working for the Mammoth Publishing Company, Shotter takes up residence in the suburbs where he finds love in the form of Kay Derrick (a girl he has previously adored via a magazine photograph), and trouble in the form of series of somewhat inept criminals who seek to steal the stash of cash that they believe to be hidden in Sam's abode.

Those familiar with Wodehouse's best work will recognise much that will make them smile. They will also gain much merriment from some of the character names, notably the trio of criminals: Soapy and Dolly Molloy and `Chimp' Twist. Many of the scenes in `Sam The Sudden' work splendidly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 1 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
`Sam the Sudden' is the story of ex-Wrykyn man San Shotter who is sent to England by his Uncle in the Company of the proprietor of the Mammoth Publishing Company, Lord Tilbury, whom we previously met in Wodehouse's world in `Bill the Conqueror' before he became titled and was plain Sir George Pyke. Also mentioned from `Bill the Conqueror' is Percy Pilbeam now the editor of Society Spice, one of Mammoth's papers.

Sam has fallen in love with Kay Derrick after been stranded in Canada with nothing but her photograph for company and has followed her to Wodehouse's celebrated London suburb Valley Fields. Kay resides in `San Rafael' and Sam has rented the adjoining villa `Mon Repos' so that he can be near her to win her heart.

Also present is small time crook Chimp Twist alias J. Sheringham Adair manager of the Tilbury Detective Agency and his associates Dolly the Dip and Soap Molloy whom complicate Sam's wooing of Kay by there attempts to recover the spoils of celebrated thief Finglass. Finglass took a couple of million dollars from the New Asiatic Bank and has concealed it in `Mon Repos'. Despite the action being moved from Stately home to semi-detached house the Wodehouse farce still manages to progress in it's well worn fashion.

Wodehouse described this book as one of his favourite children and I am disposed to agree with him. Classic dialogue runs through the piece, a favourite of mine would be Sam's manservant telling him he has named the dog after an aunt of his `She must be an attractive woman.', `She's dead.', `Perhaps it's all for the best.'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Probably best known for his Jeeves and Wooster books, P.G. Wodehouse was born in Surrey in 1881. His first book, "The Pothunters", was published in 1902 and he went on to write over 70 novels. He also wrote many short stories, with Jeeves making his first appearance in one of them. This book was first published in 1925 as "Sam the Sudden" in the UK, but as "Sam in the Suburbs" in the US.

The book's hero is Sam Shotter, the nephew of the hugely successful businessman John B. Pynsent. Although from New York, Sam was educated at Wrykyn, in England. (Mike Jackson, Psmith's trusty sidekick, is another former pupil). However, as the book opens, he has been working for his uncle for three months and has succeeded in little more than kissing stenographers, organising high-kicking competitions and generally demoralising the workforce. As a result, Uncle John feels he has no option : Sam is to leave the Pynsent Import and Export Company immediately and take up a position at Lord Tilbury's Mammoth Publishing Company in London. (Lord Tilbury is currently holding negotiations with Sam's uncle and hopes to curry favor with him by 'helping' him with his troublesome nephew). Rather than travelling in luxury with Lord Tilbury on the Mauretania, however, Sam makes the trip to England on the Araminta, a tramp steamer. A close friend of Sam's, Hash Todhunter, is the steamer's pessimistic cook - someone whose company Sam finds a good deal more enjoyable than his future employer. When he finally arrives in London, Sam finds himself a little short on funds. This is largely due to Hash secretly emptying Sam's wallet to back a greyhound at the local dog-track. Luckily, Sam stumbles across Willoughby Braddock, another old Wrykynian.
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