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Piccadilly Jim

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

A young red-head plots to kidnap her irritating cousin with the help of a former boxer, her uncle, and a rogue who has his eye on her. Things don't work out exactly as planned, as criminals, detectives and cases of mistaken identity all get in the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr. Pett's death-mask at this remark.

"They should worry about—!"

"Peter!"

Mr. Pett died again, greatly respected.

"Why should the New York papers refer to James at all?" said Mrs.
Crocker.

"Explain, Peter!"

Mr. Pett emerged reluctantly from the cerements. He had supposed that Nesta would do the talking.

"Well, he's a news-item."

"Why?"

"Well, here's a boy that's been a regular fellow—raised in America—done work on a newspaper—suddenly taken off to England to become a London dude—mixing with all the dukes, playing pinochle with the King—naturally they're interested in him."

A more agreeable expression came over Mrs. Crocker's face.

"Of course, that is quite true. One cannot prevent the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Bertie Wooster is fond of remarking to his butler, after the latter has extricated him from yet another hole, "Jeeves, you stand alone." This could just as well be said about the author, P G Wodehouse. He stands alone. No other author approaches his perfection of the turn of the phrase, his talen...more

In a recent Reddit post titled What books are worth reading just for the quality of their prose alone?, I was very happy to see P.G. Wodehouse being mentioned. He truly deserves to be mentioned!

With Piccadilly Jim, PGW is probably at his descriptive best and the book contains ample amount of...more

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 d...more

This was delightful... as in really, genuinely funny. Mr. Wodehouse had an inexhaustible gift for the turn of phrase. It would be difficult to find a goofier premise, but it all works out by the effervescent end.

Verdict: Smashingly written and exquisitely crafted Fop-y Fun.

Any friend of Stephen Fry's is a friend of mine (as life mottos go, it's not a bad one) so I was happy to indulge in this, my first literary taste of Wodehouse. I say literary because I've previously encountered it in other medi...more

It's Wodehouse. Those who know, know that's enough of a review.

A Plum salad - imposters, butlers, aunts, romance.

To win the girl he loves, rich playboy Jimmy Corker hides his identity behind an alias - however, due to the vagaries of fate, he ends up impersonating himself...

...in short, vintage Wodehouse.

“Mr. Pett is going to give me a job in his office. I am going to start at the bottom and work my way still further down.”

Excellent negative positivity (or something). I love reading P.G. Wodehouse, especially on the bus in audio format on the way to work, it puts me in the right frame of mind for the daily grin...more

Written as early as 1917, when Wodehouse was first plying his trade on both sides of the Atlantic, this novel takes place in London, New York and on board ship. Baseball and cricket are both discussed!

Already a master of the complicated but easy to follow plot, this is terrific. Our h...more

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