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The Little Nugget

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

Mrs Nesta Ford, in her London hotel room, reveals to her new friend Lord Mountry that she hopes to take her son Ogden on a yachting trip proposed by Mountry, despite her ex-husband having won custody of the boy. As Mountry leaves, Cynthia Drassilis arrives with Ogden, whom she has led away from his father's country house. Mrs Ford rewards Cynthia, but soon Mr Ford's secretary, a Mr Minnick, arrives to recover the stolen child. Cynthia tries to bribe his colleague, Mrs Sheridan, but to no avail, as she believes Nesta's influence has spoiled the boy. After they have gone, Nesta reveals to Cynthia Ogden's past as the 'Little Nugget', and the repeated attempts to kidnap him made by US gangsters. Nesta wishes to call in professional help, but Cynthia persuades her she can still do it, with the help of her new fiancé, a wealthy man called Peter Burns, who she suggests can take up a post at Ogden's new school, posing as a trainee schoolmaster. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .At least, I suppose you will. And, anyhow, if you say you know Lord Mountry it will make it simpler for you with Mr Abney, the brother being at the school.'

'Does Mountry know about this business? Have you told him why I want to go to Abney's?'

'Nesta told him. He thought it was very sporting of you. He will tell Mr Abney anything we like. By the way, Peter, you will have to pay a premium or something, I suppose. But Nesta will look after all expenses, of course.'

On this point I made my only stand of the afternoon.

'No,' I said; 'it's very kind of her, but this is going to be entirely an amateur performance. I'm doing this for you, and I'll stand the racket. Good heavens! Fancy taking money for a job of this kind!'

She looked at me rather oddly.

'That is very sweet of you, Peter,' she said, after a slight pause. 'Now let's get to work.'Read More

Community Reviews

Some really funny stuff (to me) although not quite as fun as other works I’ve read. Wodehouse has delightful humor and knows how to “turn a phrase”.

Another delightful romantic comedy from Wodehouse. The Little Nugget provides the right balance of love, suspense, psychology and humor. A fine testament to Plum's ability to incite love, respect, fear or disgust for a certain character through his subtle observations of character.

This book was written in 1913. Ogden Ford the spoilt son of a divorced American millionaire couple is repulsive. I think the best line in the book was ‘Ogden Ford, that El Dorado of the kidnapping industry,’.

The story revolves around competing criminals trying to kidnap Ogden. Peter Burn’s fiancée a

I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured e

Not quite as funny as I remembered it. The concept of an oft-kidnapped son of rich parents who is so spoiled and unpleasant that once kidnapped, one finds his company unbearable is a fantastic premise for a comedic story. But once he launches out from it, Wodehouse passes up opportunities for hilari

I won't be an exaggeration to say that P G Wodehouse's books are gems of English humour literature. So far I have managed to read only a few of his Blandings Castle series,Jeeves series and Mr. Mulliner series, but each one was fantastic.

The "little nugget" in the book is a spoiled and to quote the

"The Little Nugget" isn't a great read. Not only is the title of, "The Little Nugget," terrible, causing idiots to comment and scoff at the sight of the book, but the story itself is anticlimactic.

The characters are not interesting and the story was dull. Although I enjoy reading books written by P

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