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Wodehouse At The Wicket: A Cricketing Anthology [Paperback]

P.G. Wodehouse
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2 Jun 2011

From his early days Wodehouse adored cricket and references to the game run like a golden thread though his writings. He not only wrote about this glorious British pastime, but also played it well, appearing six times at Lords, where his first captain was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Illustrated with wonderful drawings and contemporary score-sheets, Wodehouse at the Wicket is the first ever compendium of Wodehouse's writings on cricket. Edited by cricket historian Murray Hedgcock, this delightful book also contains fascinating facts about Wodehouse's cricketing career and how it is reflected in his work.

This is the perfect gift for Wodehouse readers and fans of all things cricket.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New ed. edition (2 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099551365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099551362
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,669 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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"Sublime comic genius" (Ben Elton)

"P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century" (Sebastian Faulks)

"The funniest writer ever to put words to paper" (Hugh Laurie)

"Witty and effortlessly fluid. His books are laugh-out-loud funny" (Arabella Weir)

"Compulsory reading for anyone who has a pig, an aunt - or a sense of humour!" (Lindsey Davis)

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P.G. Wodehouse and cricket - the unbeatable combination of all things English!

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not all BY Wodehouse 28 Jun 2011
This is a reprint of an older volume and about a third of the book is by the editor, Murray Hedgecock. Don't let this put you off though as MR Hedgecock's input is rather good, describing "Plum's" various exploits, literally, at the wicket. The rest of the book is taken up by excerpts from Wodehouse's published work, mainly his earlier work, where cricket is described in his inimitable style.

This is a delightful summer read, my only complaint being that it is rather short so it can be read at one sitting but is probably best enjoyed sitting at a match, dipped into between overs or during rain spells!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More 'about' than 'by' 4 Jan 2013
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More than half the book is taken up in learning about PGW's own cricketing exploits. This seems like padding, to make it worth publishing a book. When the reader does get to Plum's own writings on cricket, they are good rather than brilliant. Of course, 'good', by Wodehouse's standards, is far, far better than almost anyone else's humorous writings on cricket - it's just that you expect brilliance in every line once you have read Wodehouse's better-known works. The Blandings Castle books, and the Jeeves and Wooster stories, can be read over and over again, every time with immense enjoyment, whereas this is a 'one-read' book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best read on a rainy afternoon 31 Jan 2014
By John Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book is really two parts - a 50-page introduction to Wodehouse's personal involvement with cricket as a schoolboy and for the Authors XI: he was probably good enough to bowl left-arm fast medium on the County circuit for a few years, with a little luck playing in the 1st XI rather than seconds from time to time.

There is then a collection of short Wodehousian works on cricket, with varying degrees of solemnity - but always a happy ending.

Its satisfying, without being hilarious. I think you would have to love cricket and Wodehouse both to really enjoy the book, but there is always a chance that love of one without the other would suffice, and perhaps induce some steps being taken to fill the void.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse at the wicket 17 Jan 2013
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Although I have not read this book yet I have always enjoyed Wodehouse books. What more can I say? a
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1.0 out of 5 stars Better PGW anthologies around. 20 July 2013
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With the exception of excerpts from Mike and Psmith, Psmith in the City and Piccadilly Jim, there is nothing in this collection that will make a Wodehouse fanatic weep with joy.

One hates to take 'a spade to a souffle,' but Wodehouse at the Wicket is a disappointment.
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe for Specialized Tastes, but Entertaining Nonetheless 6 Nov 2013
By Dr. Laurence Raw - Published on Amazon.com
P. G. Wodehouse was always interested in cricket, even to the extent of watching matches played at his old school, Dulwich College, during one of his intermittent visits to England during the 1930s. Although nothing more than a competent player himself, he understood how the game formed the backbone of English values and attitudes - especially during the Edwardian period. This anthology collects some of his best-known writings on the game - especially the Mike and Psmith stories, which show the eponymous hero Mike Jackson compiling successful innings against the odds both during a school match and at the cricketers' mecca, Lord's Cricket Ground. Some of the writing in this anthology is admittedly a little formulaic, but there are good pen-portraits of past cricketers, especially a young Trevor Bailey who (even when he was a student at Dulwich College) displayed an early propensity for staying at the crease without scoring any runs. Perhaps best approached as a dipping-text rather than read from cover to cover.
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