Something Fresh : (Blandings Castle), Paperback Book

Something Fresh : (Blandings Castle) Paperback

Part of the Blandings Castle series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is the first Blandings novel, In whuch P.G. Wodehouse intorduces us to the delightfully dotty Lord Emsworth, his bone-headed younger son, the Hon.

Freddie Threepwood, his log-suffering secretary, the Efficient Baxter, and Beach the Blandings butler.

As Wodehouse wrote, 'without at least one imposter on the premises, Blandings Castle is never itself'.

In Something Fresh there are two, each with an eye on a valuable Egytian amulet which Lord Emsworth has acquired without quite realizing how it came into his pocket.

But of course things get a lot more complicated than this...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099513780

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This is an excellent novel, Wodehousian in every way and thoroughly enjoyable. Souffle-light, witty to the nth degree and an absolute pleasure.Well worth the full five stars, even if, and I agree about this, we are not here in the masterpiece league of the Jeeves and Wooster series.Also, if you're coming to this from the latest BBC 'Blandings' series, beware: Lady Ann makes no appearance; the Empress is not, I think, even mentioned; Lord Emsworth takes only a minor role. All these delights await in future novels in the series ...

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A comedy of manners and misunderstandings, Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse was a light, playful read that lifted my mood and brought more than a few smiles to my face. This is the first book in the Blandings Castle series, and as in all his works, it is witty, amusing and just slightly silly.This episode introduces the readers to the Earl of Emsworth and the plot is centered on his son the Hon. Freddy Threepwood’s engagement to a rich American heiress The Earl, who is very absentminded accidentally pockets a valuable scarab that belongs to the heiress’ father. With a superb sense of timing, the author gathers an assortment of characters together at Blandings and with the scarab as the target, lets the mayhem begin.Originally published in 1915, this story retains it’s slapstick humour and envelopes the reader in a delightful, whimsical and very upper class English setting.

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