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The Coming of Bill

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

The Coming of Bill tells the story of Kirk Winfield, his marriage to Ruth, and their child called Bill. Bill's upbringing is threatened by the interference of Ruth's busybody writer aunt, Mrs Lora Delane Porter.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She don't come to me regular, like Bailey and the old man, but do I know her? I should say I did know her."

Kirk shook his hand.

"You're all right, Steve!" he said huskily, and vanished into the bathroom. A sound as of a tropical deluge came from within.

Steve hammered upon the door. The downpour ceased.

"Say!" called Steve.


"I don't want to discourage you, squire, but——"

The door opened and Kirk's head appeared.

"What's the matter?"

"Well, you heard what Bailey said?"

"About his father?"

"Sure. It goes."

Kirk came out into the gallery, towelling himself vigorously.

"Who is her father?" he asked, seating himself on the rail.

"He's a son of a gun,". . . Read More

Community Reviews

A very curious entry in the Wodehouse canon, being one of his only books with some major emotional vulnerability and a non-comical treatment of depression, marital alienation, and even death and suicide. Emotional abandonment and isolation, in favour of the-absurd-science-du-jour, are the key theme

4-1/2 stars. When I read a book that forces me to re-read sentences just for the pure enjoyment of the way they are worded I know I've found a gem. In fact, I would pause and read them out loud to my sister so we could both enjoy them.

Loved the language, the humor, the characters, the themes, and th

Were I to go out on a limb, as I am often inclined to do, I would say that this book should be mandatory for engaged couples to read. I read it on a trip recently, and then––as soon as I finished it––I started it again, reading aloud with my wife. First of all, Wodehouse is positively hilarious (esp

"There were a 'undred fifty of us, living in shoebox in middle of road!"
"Cardboard box?"
"You were lucky!"
- Four Yorkshiremen sketch from "At Last the 1948 Show"

I'm not quite sure what Plum was trying to do here: was he trying to write a serious novel of social commentary, was he perhaps workin

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