In this wonderfully fat omnibus, which seems to span the dimensions of the Empress of Blandings herself (the fattest pig in Shropshire and surely all England), the whole world of Blandings Castle is spread out for our delectation: the engagingly dotty Lord Emsworth and his enterprising brother Galahad, his terrifying sister Lady Constance, Beach the butler (his voice 'like tawny port made audible'), James Wellbeloved, the gifted but not always sober pigman, and Lord Emsworth's secretary the Efficient Baxter, with gleaming spectacles, whose attempts to bring order to the Castle always end in disarray.
Lurking in the wings is Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe of Matchingham Hall, the neighbour with designs on the Prize which must surely belong to the Empress.
As Evelyn Waugh wrote, 'The gardens of Blandings Castle are that original garden from which we are all exiled.'
This omnibus contains Something Fresh, Summer Lightning and three short stories.
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Each time you read another Blandings story, the sublime nature of that world is such as to make you gasp - Stephen Fry
It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him - John Humphrys
A genius ... Elusive, delicate but lasting - Alan Ayckbourn
Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists - Susan Hill
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 - Marian Keyes
Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already - Lynne Truss
The incomparable and timeless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes! - Kate Mosse
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 - Julian Fellowes
P.G. Wodehouse is the gold standard of English wit - Christopher Hitchens
To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language - Ben Schott
Wodehouse is so utterly, properly, simply funny - Adele Parks
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 - Simon Callow
Wodehouse was quite simply the Bee's Knees. And then some - Joseph Connolly
I constantly find myself drooling with admiration at the sublime way Wodehouse plays with the English language - Simon Brett
Quite simply, the master of comic writing at work - Jane Moore
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 - John Julius Norwich
Compulsory reading for anyone who has a pig, an aunt - or a sense of humour! - Lindsey Davis
P.G. Wodehouse should be prescribed to treat depression. Cheaper, more effective than valium and far, far more addictive - Olivia Williams
My only problem with Wodehouse is deciding which of his enchanting books to take to my desert island - Ruth Dudley Edwards
The Wodehouse wit should be registered at Police HQ as a chemical weapon - Kathy Lette
Witty and effortlessly fluid. His books are laugh-out-loud funny - Arabella Weir
The funniest writer ever to put words to paper - Hugh Laurie
The greatest comic writer ever - Douglas Adams
P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century - Sebastian Faulks
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.