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P. G. Wodehouse
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27 May 1999
When Bertie Wooster lands in the soup, only the infinite sagacity of Jeeves can pull him out.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140284109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140284102
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,929 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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Beginning with a mysterious message and a visit to the dreaded Aunt Agatha, Very Good, Jeeves once again sees Bertie Wooster beset by difficulties that can only be untangled by his faithful butler. Indeed, by the time of this entry in the Jeeves cycle, written in 1930, everyone is seeking the butler's advice--he is universally recognised as the man to get you out of a spot of bother. When he becomes attached to an unsuitable young woman, Bertie is asked--much to his indignation--"You don't believe for a moment Jeeves will sanction the match?" Even if Bertie refuses to acknowledge his butler's influence, it does not escape the attention of those around him.

As always, Wodehouse perfectly captures (and exposes to ridicule) the trivial concerns of the idle rich. Poor Bertie finds it impossible to refuse to help a friend-"We Woosters have our code"--and always finds that the solution to the muddle results in his own embarrassment, generally engineered by the discretely manipulative Jeeves. Read by Simon Callow, this audio abridgement offers a lively reading of the source material, which will both enchant Wodehouse's many fans, and convince newcomers to explore the rest of the author's extensive oeuvre. --John Oates --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.


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

"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)

"Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" (Lynne Truss)

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

"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" (Susan Hill) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first Wodehouse 27 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've never read P G Wodehouse before, this is a good introduction ~ Simple, charming, witty, charming and quite simply witty. a bit like this review. god I'm lonely
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and wonderful 22 Nov 2000
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
These are a selection of short stories involving Jeeves and Wooster. Usually I prefer the complete novels, but this book gets my undying seal of approval because of the story of Tuppy Glossop and his relationship with a very snooty opera singer. It is a simple story, so I won't give it away, but I urge you to read it. It made me cry with laughter and is a true gem. The other stories are great too, by the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Wodehouse! 26 Nov 2007
`Very Good, Jeeves!' is a collection of Wooster and Jeeves stories which carries on from where we last heard from them in `Carry on, Jeeves'. As before Jeeves is a resource used to sort of all manner of problems for Bertie Wooster, his great friend Bingo Little and his not so great friend Tuppy Glossop using `The psychology of the individual'. As usual problems are presented in the shape of Bertie's Aunt Agatha, Uncle George and the esteemed Sir Roderick Glossop. New problems of more dramatic consequence are presented by Bobbie Wickham whom we met previously in the second volume of Mr Mulliner short stories `Mr Mulliner Speaking'.

Weather extracting Tuppy from the arms of an opera singer or saving Bingo from being caught putting the housekeeping on a horse Wodehouse and Jeeves never let the menagerie or the reader down. Although not as clever as the twists and turns in later Jeeves novels the short form does suit Bertie's narrative of Jeeves successes.

As ever the Wodehouse language as over complicated by Wooster's pen is a pleasure to behold. Bertie's description of the game of Rugby been as `fruity' a description to ever grace any publication `I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end, and that, in order to squelch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in fourteen days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.' Top hole.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! 28 April 2009
This is the second collection of Jeeves and Wooster short stories (the first being Thank You Jeeves), and is even funnier than the first. It contains such incidents as the cabinet minister menaced by a swan and the water-bottle puncturing imbroglio. Cannot be recommended too highly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good Jeeves 30 Mar 2006
By Mick
Its been about twenty years since I read a Jeeves and Bertie Wooster book by PG Wodehouse. I am glad to say that they have not lost any of their old sparkle. I rarely see books today which have been written so well and are so very very funny.
This book very good Jeeves is like all the others, outstanding, if you do not own any Jeeves and Wooster by PG Wodehouse its about time you did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Jeeves is very good 20 Feb 2010
Vintage Wodehouse. But them I am a devotee. All I can do is mention him to other devotees.

If you are not a devotee, all I can do is suggest that you try it. But bear in mind the health warning: Jeeves is addictive.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny you will cry 14 Jan 2006
This book rather than just make you smile or feel warm inside will make you laugh out loud and quite possibly cry. This and the other works of Woodehouse are the funniest books I have ever read. "Buy it you cad". Pip pip!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good sense of humour in this book 7 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
good sense of humour in this book ,as in whole series, do recommend as price good the writing very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Jeeves
First P.G.Woodhouse book read. Not many books make me laugh out loud but this book did. Very good fun and worth a read !
Published 4 months ago by peter finch
5.0 out of 5 stars better and better
This set of short stories is probably Wodehouse at the height of his powers. Elegant little plots, deadpan diplomacy from the mighty Jeeves and comic writing of the finest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cole Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting.
The book is quite an interesting read however the book has not aged all that well, however I would recommend it to a friend.
Published 11 months ago by GCampbell
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I have come to Wodehouse late in life, having always assumed they were somehow books for the boys. Only the wonderful TV series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie converted me... Read more
Published 12 months ago by hiljean
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Stories
There comes a time where only Jeeves and Wooster will do. You need to know very little about these two apart from Bertie Wooster's schemes will fail and it is Jeeves who will... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
5.0 out of 5 stars quintessential Wodehouse
Light fluffy summer reading. Gives a good description of a pre-war village rugby match, -see 'The Ordeal of Young Tuppy'. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sydney Carton
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
As ever Wodehouse makes you laugh and laugh again the more simple the problem, the more complex thwe solution Jeeves solves it with
Published 18 months ago by Mr DLittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter
Wodehouse can always be relied on for a very good read. Entertainment of the highest order and thoroughly recommend this book.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs. Marcia Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlatively witty and outrageously funny
If you haven't experienced the perennial delights of Jeeves and Wooster then this is an excellent place to start. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by Roman Clodia
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Just the book if you can't concentrate on anything. Whether you think of Price and Carmichael or Fry and Laurie as you read, you'll love this book of eleven short stories. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Debbie Bell
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