Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10) by P.G. Wodehouse

bookshelves: published-1953, radio-4, spring-2014, amusing, sport, britain-england, filthy-lucre, gambling

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from April 26 to May 04, 2014



Description: Brilliantly funny comedy-thriller. Jeeves is on loan to young Lord Rowcester (Bill). Wooster is absent, attending a school designed to teach the aristocracy to fend for itself. Jeeves has to exert his gigantic fish-fed brain to help his new master raise money by selling his crumbling pile to a wealthy American widow.

She thinks the Abbey is wonderful, full of ghosts. (Her hobby: psychic phenomena.) Will she buy it? There are complications. It’s damp. She has fibrositis. Plus Bill’s fiancée Jill mistrusts ‘Rosie’s’ motives. There’s also bluff Captain Biggar on the trail of a bookie and his clerk, who conned him at Epsom races and have somehow gone to ground in the Abbey. They are in fact Bill and Jeeves. Will he unmask them? Will Jeeves be on hand to provide more than brandy?

Dazzling star cast; witty production. Martin Jarvis having played Jeeves on Broadway now brings his award-winning characterization to the Classic Serial, abetted by Rufus Sewell, Joanne Whalley, Glenne Headly, Jamie Bamber and Ian Ogilvy.

An all-star cast brings P.G. Wodehouse supremely funny 1950s horse-racing novel to galloping life. Dramatised by Archie Scottney.

There’s a White Hunter Captain Biggar on the trail of a bookie and his clerk who conned him at Epsom races. Who are they? Could they in fact be Bill and Jeeves? Will the captain unmask them? Will Jeeves and his gigantic fish-fed brain win the day?

Finally our impeccable ‘gentleman’s personal gentleman’ has a solution to dazzle and amaze us all. A stellar cast in Rosalind Ayres’ sparkling production. Martin Jarvis, having played Jeeves on Broadway and in various one-man performances, now brings his award-winning characterisation to the Classic Serial, abetted by Rufus Sewell, Joanne Whalley, Glenne Headly, Jamie Bamber, Christopher Neame and Ian Ogilvy.

Part 1/2: Jeeves, on loan to young Lord Rowcester (Bill), devises a plan to assist his impoverished new master sell his crumbling pile to a wealthy American widow. But will she buy it?

Part 2/2: Jeeves is exerting his fish-fed brain to the utmost to assist Bill to raise money. His lordship must pay the debts he has accrued while working, in disguise, as an Epsom bookie. Might obtaining Rosie Spottsworth’s valuable diamond pendant help? Would it be useful for Bill to dance the Charleston with Rosie? Could the ghost of Lady Agatha further the cause? Will Rosie purchase the Abbey?

Dramatised by Archie Scottney
Director Rosalind Ayres
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4

3* The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
5* Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
4* Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
3* The Mating Season (Jeeves, #9)
3* Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10)
4* Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (Jeeves, #15)

4* Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1)

4* Joy in the Morning
4* A Damsel In Distress
TR Leave It to Psmith
3* Summer Lightning
3* Love Among the Chickens
TR The Man With Two Left Feet
TR Cocktail Time
3* Service with a Smile
3* Uneasy Money
3* Summer Moonshine
TR Ukridge
3* Eggs, Beans And Crumpets
3* The Small Bachelor
TR Barmy in Wonderland

The Adventures of Augie March

bookshelves: jewish, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, spring-2014, published-1953, nobel-laureate, picaresque, north-americas, tbr-busting-2014, chicago

Read from April 17, 2013 to March 17, 2014


From the description: With this teeming book Bellow returned a Dickensian richness to the American novel. As he makes his way to a full brimming consciousness of himself, Augie careens through numberless occupations and countless mentors and exemplars, all the while enchanting us with the slapdash American music of his voice.

Introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

Dedication: To My Father

Opening: I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that sombre city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes not so innocent.

Reading season? March of course!

Episodic adventures of a boy growing up and trying on all modes of life to see if they suit. The writing is fantastic with sharp and witty observations; the characters are so real they jump out of the page and practically demand to sit down at your table and have a cup of tea.

But I can’t say that I enjoyed it overly much.

Désirée by Annemarie Selinko

bookshelves: hardback, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, published-1953, spring-2014, tbr-busting-2014, sweden, napoleonic, france, revolution, epistolatory-diary-blog

Read from February 22 to March 10, 2014


Translated by Arnold Bender and E W Dickes. Bender and Dickes, eh?

My edition was published by the Reprint Society Ltd., by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd. 1954.

The pages are tissue thin and the print is super small; the dust jacket is in good nick considering it is two years older than I am. Page count of my edition is 510.


Opening: PART I

MARSEILLES, at the beginning of Germinal, Year II (the end of March 1794 by Mama’s old-fashioned reckoning.)

I think a woman can get her way better with a man if she has a well-rounded figure. So I’ve decided to stuff four handkerchiefs into the front of my dress tomorrow; then I shall look really grown up. Actually I am grown up already, but nobody knows that, and I don’t altogether look it.

From the frontispiece by Nancy Mitford:

In 1823 Désirée went to Sweden for good and was crowned queen, though always keeping in the background of public life.

It took perserverance to get through the diary of a fourteen year old yet Selinko did a good job of character progression and we wound up with a sensible woman. Needless to say I found the Swedish connection very interesting. Whilst I could not recommend this to anyone, it was good to get it off the TBR Mountain.