Lady Maud, the spirited young daughter of the Earl of Marshmoreton, is confined to her home, Belpher Castle in Hampshire, under aunt's orders because of an unfortunate infatuation. Enter our hero, George Bevan, an American who writes songs for musicals and is so smitten with Maud that he descends on Hampshire's rolling acres to see off his rival and claim her heart. Meanwhile, in the great Wodehousian tradition, the Earl of Marshmoreton just wants a quiet life pottering in his garden, supported by his portly butler Keggs and free from the demands of his bossy sister and his silly-ass son.
It is a sunny story which involves misunderstandings, butlers and gentle hearts torn asunder only to be reunited at last. This delightful novel which was twice filmed (once as a musical starring Fred Astaire) has all the wit and lightness of touch that we expect from the great comic writer.
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It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him -
Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists -
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 -
Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already -
The incomparable and timeless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes! -
P.G. Wodehouse remains the greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness, that no one else has ever captured quite so sharply, or with quite as much wit and affection -
A genius ... Elusive, delicate but lasting -
P.G. Wodehouse is the gold standard of English wit -
To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language -
Wodehouse is so utterly, properly, simply funny -
I've recorded all the Jeeves books, and I can tell you this: it's like singing Mozart. The perfection of the phrasing is a physical pleasure. I doubt if any writer in the English language has more perfect music -
Wodehouse was quite simply the Bee's Knees. And then some -
I constantly find myself drooling with admiration at the sublime way Wodehouse plays with the English language -
Quite simply, the master of comic writing at work -
To pick up a Wodehouse novel is to find oneself in the presence of genius - no writer has ever given me so much pure enjoyment -
Compulsory reading for anyone who has a pig, an aunt - or a sense of humour! -
P.G. Wodehouse should be prescribed to treat depression. Cheaper, more effective than valium and far, far more addictive -
My only problem with Wodehouse is deciding which of his enchanting books to take to my desert island -
The Wodehouse wit should be registered at Police HQ as a chemical weapon -
Witty and effortlessly fluid. His books are laugh-out-loud funny -
The funniest writer ever to put words to paper -
The greatest comic writer ever -
P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century -
Sublime comic genius -
You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour -
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.