Hot Water, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is a P.G. Wodehouse novel. Chateau Blissac, on its hill above St Roque, is in a setting where every prospect pleases.

But it doesn't please its current occupier, J. Wellington Gedge. Mr Gedge wants none of it - and particularly none of the domineering Mrs Gedge's imperious wish that he should become American Ambassador to Paris.

Instead he pines for the simpler life of California, where men are men and filling stations stand tall.

Mrs Gedge has powerful allies - including the prohibitionist Senator Opal.

But will she get her way? And will the Senator's delightful daughter Jane get her man?

In a plot which involves safe-blowers, con men, jewel-thieves and even a Bloomsbury novelist, few are quite as they seem.

But the heady atmosphere of France in the 1930s makes for one of Wodehouse's most delightful comedies.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099514152

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Just how many people can be masquerading under false names and trying to break into the safe in one château? The answer would seem to be somewhere in the region of eight - and when you add in a few engagements (mostly secret or fake), blackmail plots, private detectives (also mostly secret or fake), political conspiracies, and drunken lizards, chaos is bound to ensue. This book is very, <i>very</i> funny. A particularly farcical farce, filled with characters possessing a superabundance of character. The plot is completely, splendidly ridiculous. The language is a treat, and the sheer insanity as the whole thing builds up to an absurdly complicated climax is wonderful. Pure entertainment.

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