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Wooster Sauce and By The Way

Among the advantages of joining The P G Wodehouse Society (UK) are Wooster Sauce, our quarterly journal, and By The Way, which features bonus articles on special topics. Both publications are issued in March, June, September and December, and both provide a wealth of information for keen Wodehouseans.

Wooster Sauce contains 24 pages – sometimes more – of both humorous and scholarly articles on P G Wodehouse and his works, as well as photos, graphics, poems, quotes, reviews, and Society news. For its first decade, Wooster Sauce was edited by Wodehouse scholar Tony Ring. The present editor is Elin Woodger Murphy, and contributions come from members – and occasionally non-members – from all over the world. With a wide range of Wodehouse-related topics in its pages, the journal is both informative and entertaining. Take a regular dose of Wooster Sauce at bedtime, and you will sleep like a contented baby – it is the Mulliner guarantee.

Regular and semi-regular features in Wooster Sauce include:

• ‘My First Wodehouse Experience’ – articles from members describing the moment they discovered Wodehouse and the effect it had on their lives

• Poet’s Corner, wherein we are treated to an original PGW poem, often seen in print only once previously; occasionally we also publish a Wodehouse story or article that has not seen the light of day in many years

• Recent Press Comment – a cross-section of the innumerable references to Wodehouse in the press over the previous three months

• Bibliographic Corner, a column by Nick Townend offering insights into the world of Wodehouse book collecting

• Profiles of well-known and not-so-well-known names and personalities in the Wodehouse world

• Letters to the Editor, a chance to comment on past articles or pose questions to other members

• Original articles and reprints of articles by well-known Wodehouse fans such as Stephen Fry, James Naughtie, Nigel Rees, and many more

• ‘Quick ones’ from members describing personal experiences, unusual sightings of Wodehouse works or references, or intriguing informational snippets

• Papers presented at meetings of the UK Society as well as the biannual conventions of The Wodehouse Society (US)

• Up-to-date information and reviews on the latest Wodehouse-related books, audio-books, CDs, and theatre productions

• Reports on Society doings, such as our thrice-yearly meetings, annual cricket matches, and biennial formal dinner; the September 2007 issue included a 12-page supplement devoted to the Society’s unforgettable Week With Wodehouse in July that year

• Future Events, detailing what lies ahead for Society members, so that you can mark your calendar now

• Acrostics, crossword puzzles, and the occasional contest for our members

• The latest in Society news, including our all-important Back the Berkshire campaign (click here for online details)

Humour is our watchword, but we occasionally examine the serious aspects of Wodehouse’s life and work as well. Past issues have included:

• ‘Our Last Visit to Plum’ – a reminiscence by Wodehouse’s grandson, Sir Edward Cazalet, on the last time he and his wife visited the Wodehouses in Remsenburg

• Norman Murphy’s revelations of the origin of Bertie Wooster

• An examination of Wodehouse’s years at Dulwich College by the College’s former archivist, Margaret Slythe

• A series on the innumerable references to all things Russian in Wodehouse’s works, by Masha Lebedeva

• Reports of a Japanese manga featuring Bertie and Jeeves

• An enjoyable account of Wodehouse’s influence in India by Shashi Tharoor

• ‘Jam Today’ – a special recollection of P G Wodehouse by his nephew, Patrick Wodehouse

• Robert McCrum’s insightful introduction to a Wodehouse book published in Japan

• An article by Martin Jarvis on producing Something Fresh for the BBC

• A 1961 article by PGW ‘On the Stealing of Fine French Chefs’

• A report by Anne Soutry of a trip she and fellow Society member Richard Heard took to Remsenburg, where Wodehouse lived and is buried

• Accounts of the successful exhibition on Wodehouse at Heywood Hill in Mayfair, September–October 2009

• Reports of the annual Royal County of Berkshire Show in Newbury, where the Society sponsors the prize for the Champion of Champions in the Berkshire Pig Class

• News of Everyman’s publication of the 69th and 70th titles in its hardback collected edition of PGW’s works.

And this is only a taste! But for an ever better taste of Wooster Sauce, try this:

• ‘The Quotability of P G Wodehouse’ – a talk by Nigel Rees, published in June 2009 (click here)

• ‘Just Another Day in London’ – an entertaining account of a pig in Mayfair by Society Chairman Hilary Bruce, published in September 2009 (click here)

• ‘What the Discerning Theatre-goer Is Going to See These Days’ – a theatre review by Graeme W I Davidson, published in December 2009 (click here)

• ‘Little Nuggets’ and ‘Sports News’ published in March 2010 (click here)

• ‘Any Relation?’ – An article on the Warwickshire cricketer Percy Jeeves, by Robert Leiser, published in June 2010 (click here)

• ‘My First Wodehouse Experience’ by Karen Shotting, published in June 2010 (click here).

By The Way, a supplemental publication that accompanies each issue of Wooster Sauce, offers a different perspective on aspects of Wodehouse’s life and work. Through By The Way we have enjoyed ‘What the Well-Dressed Man Is Wearing’, learned the names and breeds of Wodehouse pets, and seen how Jeeves has been depicted in book illustrations over time, among many other unique articles. As of 2010, the December By The Way will be a bonus ‘Christmas collectible’, republishing rare pieces of Wodehouse’s writing that members may not otherwise be able to read. For samples of By The Way, click here and here.

We welcome all contributions to Wooster Sauce, whether original articles, additions to series such as ‘My First Wodehouse Experience’, or simple snippets of information. And we are always looking for reviewers of plays, books, CDs, and audio-books, as well as reporters of Society events. If you think you can contribute – or if you simply want to know more about the journal – get in touch with Elin Murphy at editor@pgwodehousesociety.org.uk. Members can also obtain back issues of Wooster Sauce and By The Way, which may be purchased from our Membership Secretary (write to info@pgwodehousesociety.org.uk).

To get the latest and future issues of Wooster Sauce and By The Way, four times a year, it is a simple matter of joining the Society – an inexpensive investment that will bring hours of enjoyment into your life. For information on becoming a member, go to the Join Us section of this website.