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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—!"


Mr. Pett died again, greatly respected.

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

"Explain, Peter!"

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

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


"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

P.G. Wodehouse began publishing his work in 1902 at age 21 (!). 'Piccadilly Jim' (his 18th achievement) appeared in 1918. I was thinking 'PJ' might be the earliest of his books that I've read... until I noticed that I've read 'Something Fresh' (from 1915). 

So I've not read that much of the early stu

Nothing like a Wodehouse to bring a smile to the face. This romp over impersonations, spies, explosives and kidnapping plans that go awry when their plans are thwarted, very amusing.

Jimmy Crocker falls head over hills with fiery redhead Ann Chester. However, a review he wrote several years ago abou

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 talent f

I find myself just wanting to listen to entertaining, light stories, and Wodehouse is at the top of the list of comedic genius. Picadilly Jim is slightly longer than usual, and involves a send-up of British and American cultural differences on top of the usual snark about the silly pretensions of th

P.G. Wodehouse’s Piccadilly Jim (1917) is another dandy and a pip. After a slowish start I gradually warmed to this one more and more. Never doubt P.G. Wodehouse.

The plot becomes ever more convoluted but with each new development it becomes more amusing and enjoyable. Various characters are imperso

Charming. Wodehouse is so delightful, and Picadilly Jim is no exception. It’s not worth explaining the plot because his books are always the same…a domino-fall of misunderstandings, near-misses and missed connections. And yet always consistently hilarious. He takes the British farce and carries it w

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 th

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