The expected humour, warmth and sparkle is here, in every line of this new Everyman Library edition of The Girl On The Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as 'Plum') wrote about
seventy novels and some three hundred short stories over
seventy-three years. He is widely recognised as the greatest
20th-century writer of humour in the English language.
Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories include gems concerning the irrepressible and disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur of The Angler's Rest, and the Oldest Member at the Golf Club.
In 1936 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for 'having made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world'. He was made a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University in 1939 and in 1975, aged ninety-three, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine's Day.
This is a typical Wodehouse farce: A beautiful young woman is romanced by three different men (hence its original U.S. title, Three Men and a Maiden). It has many of the qualities of the author's (Psmith in the City, Audio Reviews, LJ 1/98) more mature later novels (eccentric characters, clever farce, and inventive metaphors), as well as the additional charm of being a diamond in the rough. Wodehouse addresses his readers directly, explaining what the novel is trying to do and why it isn't going as he had planned. Frederick Davidson, as usual, adds to the fun with his energetic reading.ÄR. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
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. * Evelyn Waugh *
He exhausts superlatives * Stephen Fry *
The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum * The Independent *
The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare * Evening Standard *