50 shades of Wodehouse homage

For some time I've been threatening to write a fictional homage to P.G. Wodehouse – a statement that will induce some of you to sadly shake your heads, for there is a school of thought among Wodehouse lovers that such homages ought not be attempted. Stern words have been written on the subject. Alexandra Petri …

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The 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize: a Wodehouse reader’s view

At last week's Hay Festival, Alexander McCall Smith was announced winner of the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, for his book Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party. The prize is awarded 'in the spirit of P.G. Wodehouse'. I've enjoyed many of the previous winners and shortlisted entries, but Wodehouse fans should not to expect great …

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I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

Whenever I begin something new from (Bollinger Wodehouse prize-winner) Terry Pratchett  these days, I prepare myself for the possibility that it might not sparkle quite so much as old favourites, like Carpe Jugulum. I remind myself that Pratchett has given us so much already, and that he's entitled to 'slip' a little since being diagnosed with …

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A snowball in hell

A Snowball in Hell  by Christopher Brookmyre was recommended to me by someone who thought I'd like it because it was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. I am always open to suggestions about modern writers I might enjoy, but as a general rule I rarely read modern novels. So the first chapter of  …

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