Most of the big money belongs to Torquil Paterson Frisby, the dyspeptic American millionaire - but that doesn't stop him wanting more out of it. His niece, the beautiful Ann Moon, is engaged to 'Biscuit', Lord Biskerton, who doesn't have very much of the stuff and so he has to escape to Valley Fields to hide from his creditors. Meanwhile, his old schoolfriend Berry Conway, who is working for Frisby, himself falls for Ann - just as Biscuit falls for her friend Kitchie Valentine. In this typically hilarious novel by the master of light comedy, life can sometimes become a little complicated.
Oh, and Berry has been left a lot of shares in the Dream Come True copper mine. Of course they're worthless... aren't they?
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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 -
The greatest comic writer ever -
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! -
The funniest writer ever to put words to paper -
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 -
P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century -
Sublime comic genius -
Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in -
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.