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Sebastian Faulks to write a new Jeeves and Wooster novel

PG Wodehouse is widely recognised as the greatest 20th century writer of humour in the English language. He wrote more than ninety novels, some three hundred short stories and collaborated on plays and lyrics for musicals for over 73 years, but he is perhaps best known for the escapades of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster.

In November Hutchinson, who published all of Wodehouse’s later novels, will publish a new novel using the characters of Jeeves and Wooster written by Sebastian Faulks, the bestselling author of novels including Birdsong, A Week in December and A Possible Life.

In 1936 PG Wodehouse was awarded The Mark Twain Medal for ‘having made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world’. The new novel will be faithful to the history and personality of Wodehouse’s characters but by shining a different light on them will also show how robust, durable and lovable these creations are.

The Wodehouse Estate says: ‘In his acclaimed 2011 book Faulks on Fiction, Sebastian Faulks wrote, ‘If I were to be quite honest, I suppose I would have to admit that this [a scene from The Mating Season] is probably my favourite scene in the whole canon of English literature.’ We are thrilled that so skilful and stylish a novelist, and so perceptive and discerning a reader, has agreed to bring to life the immortal characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster for the enjoyment of today’s audience in a homage to PG Wodehouse.’

Sebastian Faulks says: ‘I read my first Jeeves story when I was twelve and it is an honour to be asked by PG Wodehouse's family to work with these greatly loved characters. Wodehouse is inimitable, but I will do the very best I can, with respect and with gratitude for all the pleasure the books have given, but also with a light heart. I hope my story will ring bells with aficionados but also bring new readers to these wonderful books.’

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks will be published in hardback by Hutchinson on 6th November. Since 2008, the PG Wodehouse Estate has been published in paperback by Arrow, which is also an imprint of Cornerstone Publishing.