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A must for golfers and/or Wodehouse fans
on 3 May 1999
This wonderful collection of P G Wodehouse's golfing short stories provides the reader with a book that he or she can treat as an occasional coffee table book, each story being entirely self contained, or as a full blown novel, as the characters are marvellously consistent. Each story is recounted by 'The Oldest Member', himself quite a character and someone that all Golfers will relate to, as every club has a similar father figure. Each of the stories evokes images of life in the 1920's and 30's, in the same sort of social circles as inhabited by Wodehouse's most famous character, Bertie Wooster. Similar themes also prevail, such as couples becoming engaged and separating over trivialities, but golf is here the uniting factor. Wodehouse clearly had a great fondness for golf, and for the two principal locations of the stories - England and the North Eastern United States - and blends all of these themes wonderfully well. The best recommendation I can give this book is that, unlike so much humour, it bears re-reading time and again, if only to be reminded to Wodehouse's superlative turn of phrase.