Cocktail Time

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Random House, Mar 26, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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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Arguably the funniest of four books about the Earl of Ickenham, this romp begins with the unruly sexagenarian knocking the hat off his stuffy in-law Beefy Bastable with a slingshot. Bastable, assuming ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

This wasn't my absolute favorite Wodehouse, but it did have Uncle Fred and you have to love a character who is dapper, light hearted, and knows the phrase "sublunary medulla oblongata diathesis." (taken from Uncle Fred in Springtime). Read full review

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About the author (2009)

The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction.

At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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