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  • Published: 30 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448164783
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Wodehouse At The Wicket

A Cricketing Anthology

P.G. Wodehouse and cricket - the unbeatable combination of all things English!

From his early days Wodehouse adored cricket and references to the game run like a golden thread though his writings. He not only wrote about this glorious British pastime, but also played it well, appearing six times at Lords, where his first captain was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Illustrated with wonderful drawings and contemporary score-sheets, Wodehouse at the Wicket is the first ever compendium of Wodehouse's writings on cricket. Edited by cricket historian Murray Hedgcock, this delightful book also contains fascinating facts about Wodehouse's cricketing career and how it is reflected in his work.

This is the perfect gift for Wodehouse readers and fans of all things cricket.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448164783
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

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 Wodehouse At The Wicket

“Sublime comic genius”

Ben Elton

“P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century”

Sebastian Faulks

“The funniest writer ever to put words to paper”

Hugh Laurie

“Witty and effortlessly fluid. His books are laugh-out-loud funny”

Arabella Weir

“Compulsory reading for anyone who has a pig, an aunt - or a sense of humour!”

Lindsey Davis

“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

“P.G. Wodehouse is the gold standard of English wit”

Christopher Hitchens

“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

“Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists”

Susan Hill

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

John Humphrys

“Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already”

Lynne Truss

“The greatest comic writer ever”

Douglas Adams

“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

“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

“The Wodehouse wit should be registered at Police HQ as a chemical weapon”

Kathy Lette

“My only problem with Wodehouse is deciding which of his enchanting books to take to my desert island”

Ruth Dudley Edwards

“P.G. Wodehouse should be prescribed to treat depression. Cheaper, more effective than valium and far, far more addictive”

Olivia Williams

“Quite simply, the master of comic writing at work”

Jane Moore

“I constantly find myself drooling with admiration at the sublime way Wodehouse plays with the English language”

Simon Brett

“Wodehouse was quite simply the Bee's Knees. And then some”

Joseph Connolly

“Wodehouse is so utterly, properly, simply funny”

Adele Parks

“To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language”

Ben Schott

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

Alan Ayckbourn

“You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour”

Stephen Fry

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