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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Everyman (25 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591728
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,992 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 Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" (The Independent)

"A handsome, collectable hardback edition" (Lynne Truss The Times)

"The incomparable and timeless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes" (Kate Mosse)

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A gentle early comedy set in an English public school in the years before The Great War, which should delight Wodehouse addicts and new readers alike. Classic Wodehouse!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
One of the very early Wodehouse books, this is a bit rough around the edges but displays a lot of the sparkle and sheer good humour and positivity that the author is renowned for. Mind you, this has substantial elements of the "mystery story" about it which just about works but it is the humour that shines through. Although none of the major characters Wodehouse introduces us to later in his career are present you can see early stirrings of Psmith and of course the language is suitably "plummy". Wodehouse managed to get lots of golf into subsequent stories and wrote eloquently on cricket but this is the first time I've seen him take on rugby, even though he erroneously calls it football - though he probably called the round ball game "soccer", and the description of the rugby match is particularly entertaining. Although considered one of Wodehouse's lesser works, this is a delightful book by anyone's standards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sye Sye on 9 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read this light school story several times. If you are a fan of old school stories you can't go past this. The story, characters, and plot are well thought out and ring true, even though this tome is a century old. I came to it after reading an intro in a Folio edition of Leave it to Psmith. I was hooked straight away. Wodehouse's school stories pay a comically ironic homage to old school stories such as Tom Brown's Schooldays and the books of Talbot Baines Reed. And, as you expect from these older serialised novels, there is always a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter.

Give it a go, it is delightfully light reading and exhibits some of Plum's future techniques.
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By Amy on 29 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Was a very pleasant surprise as cover doesn't indicate that it is an English setting. Back in another era and a very good read
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By David King on 11 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I always enjoy P.G.Wodehouse and this has been no different I wish that more of his earlier books were also available.
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