by H. G. Wells
Edited by Simon James
Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman - and the inheritor of his fortune.
Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles desperately to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society.
But as he soon discovers, becoming a 'true gentleman' is neither as easy nor as desirable as it at first appears.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/05/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141441108
- Paperback from £2.50
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Review by AlaricBond
Gentle, but authoritative, Wells' story is as real and compelling now as it was 100 years ago.
Review by MariaAlhambra
Hilarious 'rags to riches' comedy (literally, as the hero starts his career as a lowly apprentice in a drapers') with some excellent set pieces (the hotel scene is lovely, very funny but with a shade of pathos to it) and detailed observations (the shop, and the different residences of the characters). Another comic highlight is drunken playwright Chitterlow, a delightful farce writer with ambitions to outshine Ibsen by incorporating comic mishaps with insects into psychological dramas. I would love to see "The Pestered Butterfly"!