'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.' Stephen Fry
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. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies, and at one stage had five shows running simultaneously on Broadway. 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.
One of Wodehouse's most popular characters, the addled Lord Emsworth, is once again harried by unwanted houseguests who cut into his time with the Empress of Blandings, his prize-winning pig. Among the foul guests is a tediously opinionated and self-invited duke. The duke has also invited along a young American, to whom he plans to sell a painting he has purchased solely in order to skin the latter. Things start getting sticky when the painting (which may be a fake) is stolen, and other guests prove not to be all they claim. Wodehouse was 88 years old when he published this novel in 1969. It consequently lacks the cohesiveness of his earlier Blandings books but is, nevertheless, full of delights--which are made all the more delightful by Nigel Lambert's spirited reading.--R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" -- Susan Hill