A Few Quick Ones, Hardback
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A collection from the master, containing "The Fat of the Land" (Freddie Widgeon), "Scratch Man" (The Oldest Member), "The Right Approach" (Mr Mulliner), "Jeeves Makes An Omelette", "The Word In Season" (Bingo Little), "Big Business" (Mr Mulliner), "Leave It To Algy" (Bingo Little), "Joy Bells For Walter" (Golf story), "A Tithe For Charity" (Ukridge), "Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust" (Freddie Widgeon).


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781841591605



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The market for short stories after the second world war was much more limited than in the thirties, so Wodehouse concentrated on novels, and this 1959 collection brings together practically all of his short fiction from the forties and fifties (the next collection, <i>Plum Pie</i>, had to be fleshed out with bits of journalism to get it up to book size). The stories are beautifully crafted, as ever, with some very nice twists of language and any number of good jokes, but they aren't quite as breathtakingly lively and original as what he was writing twenty years earlier. There is a sense of the old formulas being churned out: it is actually rather startling when we are jerked out of the "timeless" prewar world by references to contemporary things like television. We get a decent cross-section, all the same: there are a couple of golf stories, a Mulliner story, a Jeeves story, and a few Eggs, Beans and Crumpets, as well as a late outing for Wodehouse's first important recurring character, Ukridge. The Ukridge story, although predictable, is neatly handled, but the best things in this collection are perhaps the two stories featuring Freddy Widgeon and the Drones Club's resident millionaire, Oofy Prosser, "The fat of the land" (all manner of underhand skulduggery in a "fat uncles" competition) and "Freddy, Oofy, and the beef trust" (where we meet the "greasy bird", Jas Waterbury, again, in a Ukridge-like role as a promoter of all-in wrestling).

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