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P.G. Wodehouse
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2 Oct 2008 Blandings Castle (Book 8)

A Blandings Omnibus

In this wonderfully fat omnibus, which seems to span the dimensions of the Empress of Blandings herself (the fattest pig in Shropshire and surely all England), the whole world of Blandings Castle is spread out for our delectation: the engagingly dotty Lord Emsworth and his enterprising brother Galahad, his terrifying sister Lady Constance, Beach the butler (his voice 'like tawny port made audible'), James Wellbeloved, the gifted but not always sober pigman, and Lord Emsworth's secretary the Efficient Baxter, with gleaming spectacles, whose attempts to bring order to the Castle always end in disarray.

Lurking in the wings is Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe of Matchingham Hall, the neighbour with designs on the Prize which must surely belong to the Empress.

As Evelyn Waugh wrote, 'The gardens of Blandings Castle are that original garden from which we are all exiled.'

This omnibus contains Something Fresh, Summer Lightning and three short stories.

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099514249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099514244
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,797 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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"Each time you read another Blandings story, the sublime nature of that world is such as to make you gasp" (Stephen Fry)

"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" (John Humphrys)

"A genius ... Elusive, delicate but lasting" (Alan Ayckbourn)

"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" (Susan Hill)

"For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day" (Marian Keyes)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blandings 30 July 2010
The beginning of the Blandings canon and a joy to read. Wodehouse at his best in the world of the landed gentry.

Note that the second Blandings novel "Leave it to Psmith" comes between the two main stories in this book and should be read in conjunction with the "World of Blandings" for continuity.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hysterical......... 22 Jan 2013
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and written very much in the style of its time.

I have never read any of P.G. Wodehouses work before until I saw the recent dramatisation on BBC1 on Sunday nights. OK, after reading the book I disovered that the production wasn't accurate but it made me laugh so that's why I decided to buy the book.

Clarence the Earl of Emsworth lives in a world of his own, pockets things that don't belong to him absentmindedly and is in love with his pig The Empress of Blandings. For her, he will do anything. However, skullduggery is lurking........

He has a totally idiotic son, who can't do anything right, a newphew called Freddie, a sister who could frighten Piranhas, a secretary who keeps on organising things and a brother who is writing his 'Reminiscensces' not caring whether they are subject to libel or slander.

The whole book is a 'bally' good read and had me laughing out loud particularly when his Secretary appears to lose the plot in the middle of the night and is nearly killed by the Earl wielding a shotgun.

Really recommended for a good hoot!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to P.G. Wodehouse 26 Nov 2000
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This is the first P.G. Wodehouse that I have read. I immediately went out and bought a second book by the same author. I normally don't read humor but I going have to change my reading habits. This book is hilarious. Full of wittism and imagination, it is hard to put down. I wanted to quote my favorite line here but I would have to copy the whole book. Wodehouse is a genious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the world's funniest writer 9 Sep 2012
By Jasper
I love Wodehouse and the Blandings stories are among his best, in my view. The novels here are superb and I was delighted to see that Psmith is involved here, as he is a superb character and always entertaining.

If you know Wodehouse but haven't read these books, I strongly suggest you do. If you haven't tried Wodehouse, please do - they are a real treat and a genuine ray of sunshine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Plum 13 Dec 2004
The first story is perhaps a little too concerned with romance at the expense of pace and wit but is nevertheless hugely entertaining. The remainder of this compendium contains some of Wodehouse's finest writing. It blisters along like the 4:30 from Paddington with more twists than a poodle's coat. More chuckles per minute than even the finest Wooster stories. Heartily recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blandings - a sublime slice of old England 13 Sep 2004
A hugely entertaining book. Blandings is a repository of sleepy, unimportant chaos. True love always prevails, the young men are good at tennis, and his Lordship is as eccentric as his pig is fat.
And, as always, Wodehouse has a wonderful mastery of the English language, making anything he writes a pleasure to read.
A literary classic without the boring bits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse is a master. 24 May 2013
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I originally only knew his Jeeves books, which themselves rate 5 stars; and this series carries on the gentle laugh at the upper levels of English society. In the former it needed the steadiness of Jeeves to sort out the messes his master and those around him got into; but in the latter, the hilarious incompetency shown in attempts of the Efficient Baxter, to do the same is one of the great features of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars reccomended 17 Mar 2013
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Well read and a delight to read. It lightened a dreary winter with this splendid dream world of sunny lawns and eccentric inhabitants
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5.0 out of 5 stars such fun
cannot fault the writing and very believable characters, what a wonderful world blanding is. comic farce at its best run through with a waspish wit
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Good book, would recommend to people who can read and have an educated sense of humour. Wodehouse is/was very clever.
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PG Wodehouse at his very best. This book (made popular by the equally superb TV comedy series)...will have you laughing at every step! Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read.
Have always loved Jeeves and Wooster,after watching the tv series,thought i try blandings,a gentle very witty read,really enjoyed this book.
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