Cocktail Time

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Random House, Mar 26, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
4 Reviews

A classic novel about Uncle Fred, the Earl of Ickenham by P.G. Wodehouse, the great comic writer of the 20th century.

Frederick, Earl of Ickenham, remains young at heart. So his jape of using a catapult to ping a silk top hat off his grumpy half-brother-in-law is nothing out of the ordinary - but the consequences abound with possibilities.

'A cavalcade of perfect joy.' - Caitlin Moran

Sunlit perfection... Bask in its warmth and splendour. - Stephen Fry

'The best English comic novelist of the century.' - Sebastian Faulks

'The greatest chronicler of a certain kind of Englishness' - Julian Fellowes

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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

"Cocktail Time," published in 1958 and relatively late in P.G. Wodehouse's career, may not rank among his best (make that funniest) novels. Even so, it tells a lively, satisfying story that true ... Read full review

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

If you have read any PG Wodehouse, you will know what to expect from this book. It is not, in my humble opinion, one of his better works but still contains a good smattering of laugh out loud lines ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as ‘Plum’) wrote more than ninety novels and some three hundred short stories over 73 years. He is widely recognised as the greatest 20th-century writer of humour in the English language.

Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories include gems concerning the irrepressible and disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur of The Angler’s Rest, and the Oldest Member at the Golf Club.

In 1936 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for ‘having made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world’. He was made a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University in 1939 and in 1975, aged 93, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine’s Day.

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