The Gold Bat, Hardback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


When O'Hara and Moriarty, two boys at Wrykyn School, tar and feather the statue of a pompous local MP, O'Hara mislays at the scene of their crime a tiny gold bat borrowed from Trevor, captain of the school cricket team.

The plot revolves around the fate of this bat and attempts to retrieve it, but the real focus of the novel is a vivid portrayal of school life.

Though the setting is an English public school in the years before World War 1, so sharp is Wodehouse's ear for the way children talk that everyone will recognise familiar characters and situations, whatever their place of education.




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First published in 1904, this was P. G. Wodehouse’s fourth book. Like the three before it, this one is set in an all-boys’ school. Unlike the others, however, this has a more cohesive plot. Compared to the others, I prefer this to his first and third offering, but rate his second book – “A Prefect’s Uncle” – the best of the bunch.Despite the title, this volume does not focus on cricket, but rather on rugby and a little on football. I’m not into either sport, so skipped the descriptive game paragraphs. The gold bat is in fact an inch-long replica of a cricket bat made from gold. Although I’ve only awarded this book 2 stars, there were certain parts that featured classic Wodehouse moments. I’ve written one of my favourite quotes below:“It had been privily agreed upon beforehand amongst the members of the class that at a quarter past ten every one was to sneeze simultaneously.”

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