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The Prince and Betty [Paperback]

P.G. Wodehouse
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20 Oct 2009
The story tells of how unscrupulous millionaire Benjamin Scobell decides to build a casino on the small Mediterranean island of Mervo, dragging in the unwitting heir to the throne to help. Little does he know that his stepdaughter Betty has a history with the young man John Maude, and his schemes lead to a rift between the newly-reunited pair.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: SMK Books (20 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604598352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604598353
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,116 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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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English humorist, whose body of work includes novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics and numerous pieces of journalism. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career that lasted more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of a pre- and post-World War I English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education and youthful writing career. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate retelling of 'Psmith Journalist' 20 Oct 2007
Wodehouse's American publishers elected not to publish `Psmith, Journalist' in American, it could be that with it having no love interest they considered that it jarred with his output at that time, it could be they considered the references to cricket and the MCC would confuse an American audience. Anyway not to be refused Wodehouse took another magazine serial he had recently published, `A Prince for Hire', and blended the two stories together. Blend is really not the right word as the two books are a little ill-fitting and make take the implausible plot of `Psmith, Journalist' to new heights or more aptly further depths.

Psmith old Etonian becomes Smith Yale man but with still all the eccentricities of the English dandy down to the monocle. Billy Windsor becomes John Maude, Mediterranean Prince with Betty Scobell as his love interest.

This really is the worst book Wodehouse published and readers are advised to read `Psmith, Journalist' and put pursuing this novel out of their minds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars response to ian wood's review 28 Nov 2011
i'm not sure ian wood's review is entirely accurate. Psmith Journalist (1915) was never published in America because much of its material had already been published there in Prince and Betty three years earlier (1912). Surely the later book was based on the earlier, not vice versa!? Smith is indeed the only very slightly Americanised long-running PGW favourite Psmith, and both stories feature the gangster Bat Jarvis, but the English version of Prince and Betty (Mills&Boon!) excludes some of the American story, leaving it for inclusion in Psmith Journalist. See Richard Usborne's Penguin "Wodehouse Companion".
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5.0 out of 5 stars great newspaper send up! 7 May 2009
By Robert McRobert - Published on
Swine flu or the recession got you down? Are you pinned against the ropes? Have you got the blues? Melancholia got you in its grip? Worried that Obama may not be able to get your brother-in-law the job running US Steel and thus off your couch? .... Fear not! The cry goes out: P.G. Wodehouse to the rescue! There is nothing like a good Wodehouse read to cheer one up, not a pill, not a drink, not a men or women - just Wodehouse! Wodehouse is what the doctor ordered to tickle you in the funny bone and get a smile going on the old face.

A pretty girl in a blue dress, relationship problems, newspaper farce and satire..... all and all a wonderful and fun read: The Prince and Betty! Highly recommended for those with a funny bone and a heart!

If you love Monty Python, Faulty Towers, and other witty British Comedies, you'll love this great Wodehouse work. The writing, plot, wit, and word play is spot on. This is timeless stuff. And can I add terrific? This is laugh out loud funny. I adored every moment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Cover Art! 19 Jan 2010
By M. Thorsson - Published on
Oh Mr. Wodehouse! Where would we be without you! One of the finest witty wordsmiths who ever picked up a pen. When I need a smile, or a lift, or even a roll on the floor laugh I turn to one of the many wonderful works of Wodehouse.

So many wonderful and delightful stories to choose from, and each one is from a different period in PG 'Plum' to his friends - life. While my favorite character is Psmith, how can I not enjoy the mutterings of Ukridge, or long to have my life saved from disasters by the likes of Jeeves.

Stephen Fry wrote 'Without Wodehouse I am not sure I would be a tenth of what I am today...his writings awoke me to the possibilities of language. His rhythms, tropes, tricks and mannerisms are deep within me. But more than that, he taught me something about good nature. It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.

As laughter is the best medicine, perhaps we need a good dose of Wodehouse from time to time, and during these bleak winter months, in the dark time of the economy, Wodehouse is just what the Doctor ordered!

Wonderful Wodehouse Fun and Farce!!! So well recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun and funny story! 25 July 2009
By Marie Martin - Published on
Its my summer to re-discover Wodehouse, and the Prince and Betty is a very funny story, Wodehouse creates his usual plot: misunderstanding, farce, wit, and satire - in short something to enjoy at home, or under a tree as I have been this summer.

You'll love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brighten any day with a hearty serving of Wodehouse's light-hearted literary fun. 22 April 2009
By Always with an open mind - Published on
The first time I heard of P.G. Wodehouse was watching the wonderful Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (better known from "Black Adder" and "House") TV series "Jeeves and Wooster". That series put me on to reading as much as I could from this great writer.

a wonderful story of satire on the newspaper business - and the loves and life of eccentric people - ...if you like the Psmith novels, you will love to read The Prince and Betty!

Simply put, if you like one Wodehouse story you're going to like them all. Much of this can be explained by Wodehouse's mastery of the language and constant deft turns of phrase, period slang, and comic timing.

During these times the pleasant but hilarious works of Wodehouse are just what we need!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wodehouse masterpiece! 29 May 2014
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I'm a Wodehouse fan from way back and I thought I'd read them all but the prince and Betty slipped through the cracks. Thank goodness for Kindle search!
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