Uncle Fred in the Springtime : (Blandings Castle), Paperback

Uncle Fred in the Springtime : (Blandings Castle) Paperback

Part of the Blandings Castle series

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A Blandings novel Uncle Fred is one of the hottest earls who ever donned a coronet. Or as he crisply puts it, 'There are no limits, literally none, to what I can achieve in the springtime.' Even so, his gifts are stretched to the limit when he is urged by Lord Emsworth to save his prize pig, the Empress of Blandings, from the enforced slimming cure of the haughty Duke of Dunstable.

Pongo Twistleton knows his debonair but wild uncle shouldn't really be allowed at large - especially when disguised as a brain surgeon.

He fears the worst. And in yet another brilliant novel by the master of English comedy, Pongo will soon find his fears are amply justified.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099513841



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A troupe of upper class twits engage in an entirely avoidable scheme of imposture and misidentification in order to allow a pig to continue to be fattened up, to ingratiate a girl with a reluctant in-law by securing funding for an onion-soup bar on Piccadilly Circus, and to allow a gambling youngling to pay off his debts. A chaotic host of side characters serve to comically complicate matters. <i>Uncle Fred in the Springtime</i> is very much a book of its time (1930s) and its subgenre: a pythonesque poking of fun at British upper class twits. Stereotypes and catch-phrases abound, with silliness, irresponsibility, witticisms and verbal humour aplenty. If that’s not your cup of tea, you probably won’t like this book. If it is, you’ll be delighted. At least, I was, for the prose positively hops and sparkles from joke to joke. I very much giggled my way through this book: it was fast-paced, read splendidly, and was regularly hilarious. (As an aside, I was pleased to find out that the tag <i>upper class twits</i> existed on LT, and that it had been applied to a bunch of Wodehouse’s works. Bottom-up, people-powered tagging for the win!)

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