'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.' Stephen Fry
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.
A U.S. senator, his beautiful daughter, an English aristocrat, a safecracker from Chicago, a Yale football hero posing as a French viscount, an American con man pretending to be a duke, a Bloomsbury novelist acting as a valet, an undercover detective, among others, converge on a French chateau in Wodehouse's 1932 farce. At stake are some diamonds that at least two criminals are after, an incriminating letter exposing the senator's hypocrisy, and, naturally, the course of true love. The romantic entanglements of several couples are altered before things are sorted out. Written when the author was at the height of his powers, Hot Water matches the best of the Bertie Wooster novels in delivering pleasure. Called upon to create a wide range of accents, mostly American, Jonathan Cecil, as always, is delightful. Highly recommended.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but
I'll risk it with him -- John Humphrys
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