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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409064367
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

The Small Bachelor




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

A P.G. Wodehouse novel

It’s America during Prohibition and shy young George Finch is setting out as an artist – without the encumbrance of a shred of talent. George falls in love with Molly, whose imperious stepmother Mrs Waddington insists he’s not the man to marry the stepdaughter of one of New York’s most fashionable hostesses. Poor George – he doesn’t seem to stand a chance.

How George eventually triumphs over the bossy Mrs Waddington makes for a dizzying plot featuring some of Wodehouse’s most appealing minor characters – Mullett the butler and his light-fingered girlfriend Fanny, J. Hamilton Beamish, author of the dynamic Beamish Booklets, Officer Garroway the poetic policeman, and Sigsbee H. Waddington, the hen-pecked husband who longs for the wide open spaces of the West.

Oh, and does Prohibition mean there’s no booze? Watch this space…

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409064367
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the Author

P.G. Wodehouse

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as ‘Plum’) wrote about seventy novels and some three hundred short stories over 73 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 93, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine’s Day.

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Praise for The Small Bachelor

“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

“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

“A genius ... Elusive, delicate but lasting”

Alan Ayckbourn

“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

“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

“Sublime comic genius”

Ben Elton

“It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him”

John Humphrys


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