Wodehouse for Christmas: gifts that keep giving

A dash of Wodehouse is always a great gift idea. This seasonal piece offers a few ideas to help you choose something special for the Wodehouse lover in your life -- or for those poor souls of your acquaintance who have yet to discover his healing prose. Wodehouse for first timers I often give Wodehouse …

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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 for Terry Pratchett

It is too early to begin contemplating the enormous loss to literature, and our lives, that will follow Terry Pratchett's sad passing today. The news has upset me too deeply to write at length, but I wanted to add my small voice to the millions who will surely be mourning Terry Pratchett’s death and celebrating his …

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What do Wodehouse lovers read when not reading Wodehouse?

“You are evidently fond of mystery plays.” “I love them.” “So do I. And mystery novels?” “Oh, yes!” “Have you read Blood on the Banisters?” “Oh, yes! I thought it was much better than Severed Throats.” “So did I,” said Cyril. “Much better. Brighter murders, subtler detectives, crisper clues … better in every way.” The …

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Wodehouse’s women: in the eye of the beholder

Wodehouse offers so much more to female readers than he is usually given credit for. A few months ago, I responded to criticism of Indian Summer of an Uncle by Janet Cameron (see my case for the defence). I feel sad that Cameron's cursory appraisal of perceived gender issues has blinded her to the exquisite …

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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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Ridiculous Beginnings

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Albert Camus The world of literature is blessed with many brilliantly conceived and well-remembered beginnings, celebrated in fitting tributes across the blogoshpere. Inspired by Albert Camus's appreciation of the ridiculous, I have been contemplating great beginnings in humorous fiction. Terry Pratchett, the modern master …

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Wodehouse Game – cntd 3

Wodehouse lovers may be keen on this idea by fellow blogger Swymmwys to create a P G Wodehouse computer game.

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Reading Fun Inc by Tom Chatfield is giving me lots of ideas regarding a potential game based on the work of P G Wodehouse.

One interesting tie up or connection with Terry Pratchett is that he is apparently a keen participant in the virtual world of Second Life, and when he was asked in 2008 if Second Life would ever appear in his books he replied “As far as I am concerned, my books are Second Life” (Fun Inc 2010 Ed, page 118).

Seems to me that maybe one way to create a Wodehouse game (without commercial backing) might be for a number of Wodehouse enthusiasts to go online and enter the Second Life “world” and start creating suitable settings – country houses, rural English villages, swanky city apartments, and of course not forgetting the Drones Club. Second Life being “self build” by the participants it seems at least theoretically…

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