Right Ho, Jeeves : (Jeeves & Wooster), Paperback

Right Ho, Jeeves : (Jeeves & Wooster) Paperback

Part of the Jeeves & Wooster series

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A Jeeves and Wooster novel Gussie Fink-Nottle's knowledge of the common newt is unparalleled.

Drop him in a pond of newts and his behaviour will be exemplary, but introduce him to a girl and watch him turn pink, yammer, and suddenly stampede for great open spaces.

Even with Madeline Bassett, who feels that the stars are God's daisy chain, his tongue is tied in reef-knots. And his chum Tuppy Glossop isn't getting on much better with Madeline's delectable friend Angela.

With so many broken hearts lying about him, Bertie Wooster can't sit idly by.

The happiness of a pal - two pals, in fact - is at stake.

But somehow Bertie's best-laid plans land everyone in the soup, and so it's just as well that Jeeves is ever at hand to apply his bulging brains to the problems of young love.

Along with The Code of the Woosters, Right Ho, Jeeves is considered by many his finest comic novel - and perhaps the finest in the English language.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099513742



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"Thank goodness you've come, Bertie." "Nothing could have kept me away," I replied, touched. "I felt you needed me." "Yes." "Quite." "Or, rather," she said, "not you, of course, but Jeeves. The minute all this happened, I thought of him. The situation obviously cries out for Jeeves. If ever in the whole history of human affairs there was a moment when that lofty brain was required about the home, this is it." I think, if I had been standing up, I would have staggered. In fact, I'm pretty sure I would. But it isn't so dashed easy to stagger when you're sitting in an arm-chair. Only my face, therefore, showed how deeply I had been stung by these words. Bertie Wooster can't quite believe it when his nearest and dearest spurn his help in times of crisis, turning to Jeeves for advice instead. Having already had to speak to Jeeves quite firmly over his disapproval of Bertie's new, oh so fashionable at Cannes, white mess jacket with brass buttons, Bertie decides to take over Jeeves' latest cases himself. These involve helping newt-loving recluse Gussie Fink-Nottle pluck up the courage to propose to the equally soppy Madeline Basset, who describes the stars as God's daisy-chains, and healing the rift between Tuppy Glossop and Bertie's cousin Angela, after she breaks off their engagement due to Tuppy's stark refusal to believe that she had an encounter with a shark at Cannes, and his wounding insistence that it must have been a flatfish. I think that I must have read this book before, a long time ago, as I remembered Bertie's troubles with Madeline Bassett, Gussie's lobe of newts, the school prize-giving, the servants' dance, and the night-time bike ride, but I may also be remembering the story from the old Jeeves and Wooster television series starring Fry and Laurie. Although it contains a lot of the usual Wodehouse tropes, the plot does seem comparatively fresh, possibly because it is only the second Jeeves and Wooster novel. One of the best things about the book is the first -person narration by Bertie. He uses lots of slang, shortens phrases to their initial letters, and scatters half-remembered biblical quotations throughout (after all, he did win a prize for scriptural knowledge at prep school). This is an amusing and frothy tale in which love conquers all at the end, and Bertie escapes unscathed from an accidental engagement, all thanks to Jeeves of course. It is my favourite Wodehouse so far, and definitely deserves 5 stars.

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