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A Pelican at Blandings


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'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.' Stephen Fry

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P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) is widely regarded as the greatest comic writer of the 20th century. Wodehouse wrote more than 70 novels and 200 short stories, creating numerous much-loved characters - the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster, Lord Emsworth and his beloved Empress of Blandings, Mr Mulliner, Ukridge, and Psmith. His humorous articles were published in more than 80 magazines, including Punch, over six decades. He was also a highly successful music lyricist, once with over five musicals running on Broadway simultaneously. P.G. Wodehouse was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for 'an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world'.


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.

It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him -- John Humphrys
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
Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists -- Susan Hill

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