Meet Mr Mulliner, Hardback
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A stalwart of the Angler's Rest, where he is usually to be found in company with Miss Postlethwaite the barmaid, Mr Mulliner has an endless supply of brothers, nephews and cousins who feature in the tales with which he entertains the regulars in his favourite pub.

There is George, the stammerer, who finds the courage to propose only after being chased by a mob; Wilfred, the chemist, who muddles his cosmetic potions with dire results; Lancelot, the film star; William, the lover of Myrtle Banks; Clarence, the society photographer; and Augustine, the curate, who saves his bishop from disgrace at the school reunion.

All win through to love and success, but only after enough farcical mishaps to supply a dozen ordinary comic novelists.




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I came to Meet Mr Mulliner having already read later stories in Young Men in Spats and Blandings Castle (which features stories told by Mr Mulliner in the Angler's Rest, although they are all about Hollywood).Meet Mr Mulliner was first published in 1927 and is a delightful introduction to this most genial of storytellers, who has a seemingly endless set of relations around which the stories are told.In this first volume, the scene is set and the Angler's Rest described, which is the springboard for the opening paragraph or two of all the subsequent stories, which assume familiarity. Mr Mulliner also receives some brief description.My favourite story is Portrait of a Disciplinarian, which is about a former nanny bringing together two estranged lovers - it is just so warm and delightful.Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo and The Bishop's Move are also two very entertaining connected stories.I was interested to see on Wikipedia that the final story, Honeysuckle Cottage, was not originally a Mr Mulliner story (first published in January 1925, 18 months before the first Mr Mulliner story).These stories do not reach the superlative heights of the Jeeves, Blandings or Psmith novels, but they are wonderfully entertaining and so well written.Highly recommended if you are already familiar with Wodehouse's oeuvre, but crave more.

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