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Nothing Serious (Everyman's Library P G WODEHOUSE) Hardcover – 1 May 2008

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591575
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In these handsome volumes, with the pages that smell of real paper and those fine covers by Andrzej Klimowski, you find that the sparkle hasn't dimmed. They are a cause for regular celebration." (James Naughtie The Times)

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A wonderful collection of sparkling stories from the master

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Format: Hardcover
P. G. Wodehouse was our greatest comic craftsman in the 20th century. His finely polished plots and similes slide through the mind like the finest ice cream does through the palate. That brilliance is always at its brightest in his short stories, and this collection is no exception.
In the Shadow Passes, Bingo Little finds his life's enjoyment curtailed by the presence of his old nanny, brought in to raise his young son. Nanny knows too much about Bingo and is inclined to share too much of that knowledge with Mrs. Bingo.
In Bramley Is So Bracing, Freddie Widgeon takes a trip to the seashore and finds that serendipitous encounters with a blonde get him into all kinds of unexpected trouble.
In Up from the Depths, Feet of Clay, Excelsior, Rodney Has a Relapse and Tangled Hearts, the Oldest Member recounts tales of love and golfing complications. These stories all display the robust qualities of golf's ability to cleanse the soul and heart through gritty trials. Any dedicated golfer will be chuckling over these stories for years.
In Birth of a Salesman, Lord Emsworth makes a rare appearance in a short story away from Blandings Castle and his prize pig, Empress of Blandings. He finds himself feeling the need to show that he could earn a living if he had to and proves his mettle in a most unusual way.
In How's That, Umpire? dislike of cricket proves to be fertile ground for love.
In Success Story, we have one of Ukridge's finest swindles in detail. It's one of my favorite of all the great Ukridge stories.
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`Nothing Serious' is a collection of ten stories from the pen of P G Wodehouse starting with those Eggs, Beans and Crumpets of the Drones Gentleman's Club Bingo Little and Freddie Widgeon. Mrs Bingo engages Bingo's old nanny to look after their issue much to Bingo's displeasure in having his childish foibles exposed and worse still interfering with his endeavours on the turf. Freddie, as ever, is handed is portfolio by Mavis Peasemarch for whom the banns will possibly never be read.

Next up we had the Oldest Member regaling us with four stories of love and golf and love of golf which as ever feature Agnes Flack and Sidney McMurdo. We have a Blandings interlude with Lord Emsworth visiting second son Freddie in America and accidently becoming an encyclopaedia salesman on the Hollywood hills.

We then have a story from Conky Biddle whom shows he is not the Oldest member of the cricket world with the story `How's that Umpire?', in fact he despises the game and has fallen in love with an American girl of a similar disposition but will Conky's cricket loving Uncle approve the fixture? Being a Wodehouse story love generally conquers all but will Conky's Uncle get bowled over?

The climax of this collection is `Success Story' in which Ukridge final gets at return on the investment of George Tuppy. Worth the price of admission alone, certainly a better return than the bulk of Ukridge's schemes.
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`Nothing Serious' is a collection of ten stories from the pen of P G Wodehouse most of which are concerned with golf one way or another. This makes them less delightful to the non-golfing enthusiast, and most concern how golf (or the lack of it) can take the course of love run smooth (or not). Of these "Rodney has a relapse" is by far the best; a father starts to write Milnian verses about his calculating Christopher Robin like son ("when he says his prayers at night his eyes are ostensibly closed, but all the while he is peering through his fingers and counting the house") and the Milne parodies are on a par with Dorothy Parker's famous review of "The House at Pooh Corner". Excellent also are the Blandings interlude with Lord Emsworth becoming an encyclopaedia salesman and the final story, one of the best Ukridge tales though already available in the Ukridge omnibus where it really belongs.
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Yet another excellent installment in the Blandings series - if I ever need to escape with some light hearted reading then this is where I come to.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
P. G. Wodehouse was our greatest comic craftsman in the 20th century. His finely polished plots and similes slide through the mind like the finest ice cream does through the palate. That brilliance is always at its brightest in his short stories, and this collection is no exception.
In the Shadow Passes, Bingo Little finds his life's enjoyment curtailed by the presence of his old nanny, brought in to raise his young son. Nanny knows too much about Bingo and is inclined to share too much of that knowledge with Mrs. Bingo.
In Bramley Is So Bracing, Freddie Widgeon takes a trip to the seashore and finds that serendipitous encounters with a blonde get him into all kinds of unexpected trouble.
In Up from the Depths, Feet of Clay, Excelsior, Rodney Has a Relapse and Tangled Hearts, the Oldest Member recounts tales of love and golfing complications. These stories all display the robust qualities of golf's ability to cleanse the soul and heart through gritty trials. Any dedicated golfer will be chuckling over these stories for years.
In Birth of a Salesman, Lord Emsworth makes a rare appearance in a short story away from Blandings Castle and his prize pig, Empress of Blandings. He finds himself feeling the need to show that he could earn a living if he had to and proves his mettle in a most unusual way.
In How's That, Umpire? dislike of cricket proves to be fertile ground for love.
In Success Story, we have one of Ukridge's finest swindles in detail. It's one of my favorite of all the great Ukridge stories.
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