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The PG Wodehouse Society (UK)

Welcome to the website of The PG Wodehouse Society (UK). PG Wodehouse is widely regarded as the greatest comic author of the 20th century. Hilaire Belloc, no less, called him ‘the head of my profession’. This high respect from his peers, past and present, is principally for his supreme command of the English language.


Wodehouse wrote more than 70 novels and 200 short stories, creating numerous much-loved characters - the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster, Lord Emsworth and his beloved Empress of Blandings, Mr Mulliner, Ukridge, and Psmith. His humorous articles were published in more than 80 magazines, including Punch, over six decades.  Oh, and he was also a highly successful musical lyricist.


The Society celebrates the life and works of this multi-talented man in numerous ways, including a much praised quarterly journal, regular events, meetings and excursions, and close liaison with Random House, his publishers.


We hope you will find everything you need on the pages of this website, which includes:


● a membership application form (click here), should you wish to join this flourishing society of around a thousand members;

● up-to-date news of Society activities;

● answers to questions about Plum, his life, his books;


and much more.


Take your time, linger a while, and you may discover something completely unexpected. We hope you will visit us regularly, so till next time, in the words of Bertram Wooster Esq. – pip, pip.

What Ho!

For a message from our Society patron, HRH The Duke Of Kent, click here.



Our Website Editor is happy to receive your thoughts and feedback. To make contact please email websiteeditor@pgwodehousesociety.org.uk.

AGM

There were mixed emotions at the Society's AGM at the Savoy Tup on the 23rd November (click here).


The Dinner Scripts

An exciting new publication is about to go on sale. More details here.


Gift membership

Membership of the Society makes a Christmas present that cannot fail to bring a smile of gratitude from the recipient. Who do you love enough to give it? Details here.


Biennial Dinner 20 October

Christopher D Makey reports from Gray’s Inn (click here).


New anthology

Click here for more information.


Cheltenham Tree Dedication

Read Tony Ring’s report of this unique tribute to Percy Jeeves here.


Miscellany

Norman Murphy’s latest book, The P. G. Wodehouse Miscellany, was published on February 2 and is available in bookstores and online; eg. here. The Amazon review says: “... behind all the brilliant metaphors that make us laugh out loud, there is a surprising background of reality. Wodehouse didn’t create his stories from scratch; he used real settings and exaggerated the characteristics of people he knew. This book follows the development and progress of his legendary characters, and tells us where Wodehouse got his ideas from. It is a must for all fans.”


More news

All our other recent news can be found here.


Latest changes

Recent Events (25 November);

Latest news (24 November);

Book of remembrance (24 November);

Future events (23 November);

Gift membership (15 November)

Latest highlights

Plum in his library at his Long Island home, with many of his books behind him; and using his cherished Royal Electric typewriter

Join Us

It is with enormous sadness that the P G Wodehouse Society (UK) announces the death of Lt Col Norman Murphy.


Norman was the Society’s founder Chairman, and later its Remembrancer. An author and expert on London history, Wodehouse and the social history of the Wodehouse age, Norman created Wodehouse Walks around London, visiting the locations that he had discovered PGW used in his stories and novels, albeit carefully renamed by the author.


But Norman's Walks were as memorable for his high-speed vocal delivery and cracking walking pace as for their fascinating content; over the years, thousands of Wodehouse enthusiasts from all over the world will have treasured their memories of the inimitable Col Murphy’s famous London Walks.


Norman died in hospital on 18th October, after a short illness, his beloved wife Elin at his side. The world of Wodehouse will, we know, join the UK Society in mourning the loss of Norman Murphy, an engaging, erudite, interested and always entertaining man who gave more to the world than he took.


This site will publish a full obituary as soon as possible.


But immediately, the Society is opening a virtual Book of Remembrance for Norman here. We welcome memories, appreciations, anecdotes - or any other short pieces that capture for you the essence of the inimitable Norman Murphy. Please email your stories to remember@pgwodehousesociety.org.uk.