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The P G Wodehouse Society (UK)

Towards the back of every edition of our journal Wooster Sauce we have two full pages of mentions made in the press of PGW. These are sent in by eagle-eyed Society members. Here is a selection of some of the best, but to read all of them you will have to become a member! (click here)

Media

Daily Telegraph, November 28th 2016

Charlotte Runcie argued ‘Why PG Wodehouse deserves his place among the literary greats’ writing: “We have a strange lack of respect for geniuses who make us laugh … We assume that just because a book is easy to read, it must have been easy to write. In fact, the opposite is true …”


The Times, December 2nd

The obituary of “hard drinking and swearing editor of Punch” Stanley Reynolds, reported that he “liked to dress as an English toff, preferably one from a PG Wodehouse novel who is about to head off for a weekend in the country”.


Guardian, December 3rd

Dennis Barker wrote in his obituary of Andrew Sachs that radio was a favourite medium “and brought the opportunity to play another great scene-stealing subordinate (a reference to Manuel in Fawlty Towers), PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves, valet to upper-class buffoon Bertie Wooster”.


Slightly Foxed, Winter 2016

A review of Uncle Fred In The Springtime concluded: “Pelham Grenville Wodehouse lived to a great age, had a very long and happy marriage, and conjured up an idyllic world to which he allowed us access. Saints have done less for humanity”.


The Millions, December 18th

In ‘A Year In Reading’ (that’s the activity, not the place) Adam Boretz wrote that he “developed a full-blown Wodehouse addiction” following the death of his grandmother. While “various relatives squabbled about who should inherit her silver teapot and why, I quietly made off with her collection of orange-spined paperbacks taking with me Bertram Wilberforce Wooster … and his peerless gentleman’s personal gentleman, Jeeves.”


Only Connect, BBC2 December 19th

Victoria Coren Mitchell admonished the team who did manage to find the connection between “Ring for …”, “Much Obliged …”, “What Ho …”, and “The Inimitable …” after two clues but who said they had never read any of PG Wodehouse’s books. She told them that the Jeeves books “were the greatest books ever written in the English language”. Wise woman!


BBC4, December 30th

From the programme King George and Queen Mary; The Royals Who Rescued The Monarchy: “Queen Mary looked at the summer reading list of her grand-daughter Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen), which had been provided by Elizabeth’s mother, and saw that all seventeen books were by PG Wodehouse.”


Guardian, January 7th 2017

In a feature in which a number of writers selected their favourite funny books, Sebastian Faulks selected the Jeeves stories: “I have never been able to tune in to Lord Emsworth but the Jeeves-Wooster relationship has a tensely comic energy. A few years ago I heard Terry Wogan read the famous Gussie Fink-Nottle prize-giving speech to a large audience at the Cheltenham Festival. They say you could hear the laughter in Birmingham.”


The Oldie, February

Matthew d’Ancona, writing in the Modern Life column, explained what the Alt-right means, concluding that it “is not a serious force in this country … Should you be unlucky enough to encounter one of its members in a social situation, remember Bertie Wooster’s denunciation of Roderick Spode”. After repeating said denunciation (from The Code Of The Woosters), d’Ancona’s last word was “unimprovable”.


The Hindu, February 7th

In ’25 books you must read before you’re 15’, Harshikaa Udashi wrote: “The Code Of The Woosters is a good step into the eccentric world of Wodehouse and his characters … The earlier you are introduced to Wodehouse-isms, the longer you can savour the fun … This book is classic Wodehouse fare – memorable scenes, convoluted plot and the zaniest characters ever. And not to forget, those long-winding complex sentences that do not permit a superficial read.”