What Ho!

What Ho! : The Best of P.G.Wodehouse

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Published to mark the 25th anniversary of PG Wodehouse's death, this is the first major new selection of his work to be published for a generation. This anthology of stories, novel-extracts, working drafts, articles, letters and poems gives a fresh angle on the twentieth century's greatest humourist. In his introduction, Stephen Fry writes: "What a very, very lucky person you are. Spread out before you are the finest and funniest words from the finest and funniest writer the past century ever knew...Without Wodehouse I am not sure that I would be a tenth of what I am today...He taught me something about good nature. It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind."show more

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  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 50mm | 557.93g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140297480
  • 9780140297485
  • 1,388,498

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The thing to remember is that Sir Pelham Wodehouse's work is not just 'writing' - it's medicine; cheaper than Prozac, and 100 per cent more effective. In a broadcast 50 years ago Hilaire Belloc called Wodehouse 'the best writer of English now alive ... the head of my profession.' There was an outcry from those who did not believe that a humourist could also be a great writer; but at this distance Belloc seems if anything to have been rather restrained, and a bumper new anthology wisely and wittily introduced by Stephen Fry backs up his claim. No Wodehouse fan, shelves groaning under the weight of the master's 93 books - not counting the autobiographies and letters - will really need this book; they know just where to go for that cheering and reviving chapter from Much Obliged, Jeeves or Leave it to Psmith or Meet Mr Mulliner. But anyone even slightly worried about never having read Wodehouses (rather like, but worse than, never having read Shakespeare) will find What Ho! invaluable. Delight lurks, ready to pounce, on every page, and the quality of the short stories and chapters from novels is very high indeed - unsurprisingly, bacuase the publishers cannily got the members of Wodehouse Societies throughout the world to vote for their favourite pieces: the overall winner, again unsurprisingly, being the sublime Uncle Fred Flits By (which also led the first Wodehouse anthology, Weekend Wodehouse, half-a-century ago) - though the funniest thing in the book may be the immortal prize-giving chapter from Right Ho, Jeeves. Wodehouse's glorious literary fireworks are easy to quote: Honoria Glossop's laugh being 'like a squadron of cavalry charing over a tin bridge' (though in another mood 'like waves bursting on a stern and rockbound coast'); a keen golfer missing a putt 'because of the uproar of the butterflies in the adjoining meadows'; a character 'if not actually disgruntled' being 'far from gruntled.' This book places them in context, and should send any reader to the full versions. Wodehouse is indispensable. (Kirkus UK)show more

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PG Wodehouse was the author of almost a hundred books.show more

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