Quotations from P G Wodehouse are copyright of, and reprinted by permission of, the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate © 2018 The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)

The P G 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 President, click here. Alexander Armstrong tells how he was introduced to PGW by his father round a winter's fireside (first printed in Wooster Sauce in March 2017)


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.

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Radio 4)

Martin Jarvis’s two-part adaptation of Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves starts on Sunday 15 June at 3pm on BBC Radio 4. The second episode will be transmitted the following Sunday (22nd) at the same time. As usual there is a terrific cast, including Joanna Lumley as Aunt Dahlia, Jarvis himself as Jeeves, and James Callis as Bertie. Further details can be found here.


Emsworth Museum

The Emsworth Museum, which has a permanent exhibition marking Plum’s connection to the town, reopens from March 31 to November 11, 2018. It is open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays, 10.30 - 16.30 and on Sundays 14.30 - 16.30. It is also open on April 23 (St George’s Day) 10.00 - 14.00, April 28, 29 and May 5, 7 10.30 - 16.30 and all Fridays in August 14.30 - 16.30. Further details are here.


Gift membership

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


Outing in Salisbury

On Saturday 9 June 2018 a few members of the Society will be attending the matinee performance of Love on the Links at Salisbury (see Future events for details). If you would like to join them for a chat or a meal after the performance please contact the website editor (click here to email), who will forward your name and contact details to the appropriate person.


Future event highlights

16 July, Society Meeting at the Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4ER. 11 October, Dinner at Gray's Inn. Details here.


Remembering our Remembrancer

Memories of Norman Murphy, from those who knew him, continue to accumulate (see the latest here). And for an account of a Society evening of understandably mixed emotions on February 15th 2017 when friends and members met to exchange their fondest memories of our Founding Chairman, click here.


Pick Me Ups

On 16 November Random House published four books of Wodehouse short stories. More details here.


The India Connection

Our Tony Ring recently took part in a discussion at the BL-Jaipur Festival about the seemingly endless popularity of Plum in India (click here to watch).


Podcast

Click here for more information about a podcast on Hong Kong radio by one of our members, Patricia O’Sullivan, about Plum’s father Henry Ernest Wodehouse.


More news

All our other recent news can be found here.


Latest changes

A Dash of Wooster Sauce (24 March);

Future events (21 March);

Wodehousean websites (23 February);

Book of remembrance (10 November)

Latest news

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

Our new President


Earlier this year we were thrilled to announce that Alexander Armstrong had agreed to be President of the Society. The following quotes from him, taken from our announcement of his acceptance (see full version here), clearly demonstrate why he was our first choice:


“My bedside table has always got at least one edition of Wodehouse on it, because there was never a day so good that it couldn’t be made even better by closing with a few pages of Wodehouse.”


“… what I adore him for … is the simple warmth of his company. In it a reader of any generation and any background – even culture – can sit happily swathed in a golden beam of benign English sunshine”.