Four by Wodehouse
We’ve had a LOT of new books come into the library lately, especially lots of new fiction for teens and adults. We also have some new editions of great classics: several new volumes of P.G. Wodehouse, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. You might know him best as the author of the Jeeves and Wooster stories, but in his very, very long career he wrote very, very many books. We have a new edition of The Code of the Woosters, in which Bertie’s Aunt Dahlia sends him to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers, where the extremely soppy Madeline Bassett, quite wrongly convinced Bertie is pining for love of her, lies in wait. Spode, the amateur dictator, is on hand too, ready to tie Bertie in knots for Madeline’s sake, while Stiffy Byng is willing to try blackmail against Bertie to further her romance with the curate, Stinker Pinker.
Pigs Have Wings is a Blandings Castle book, in which the Empress of Blandings, two-time winner of the Silver Medal in the Fat Pigs competition, is kidnapped by a rival, while an assorted gaggle of young men are in love with young women who are in love with completely different young men …
Psmith, Journalist, is not only a book about boxing, but social reform in New York City before the First World War, in which Rupert Psmith encourages a discouraged young journalist to highjack the agenda of the sentimental and improving family magazine of which he has temporarily been left in charge, both to boost the career of an up-and-coming boxer and to campaign against corrupt tenement slumlords.
Love Among the Chickens tells of the irrepressible Ukridge, the world’s greatest sponger, and his attempt to make a fortune by chicken farming. He ropes his friend, the writer Jeremy Garnett, into helping him out. Garnett falls in love with the daughter of a neighbouring professor, whom Ukridge promptly insults, so that the girl is forbidden to have anything to do with any of them. Garnett’s scheme to win his way back into the professor’s good graces only sends his courtship situation from bad to worse, while Ukridge’s debts mount and the chickens do their own part to keep life interesting.