Tales of Wrykyn And Elsewhere Hardback
Part of the Everyman's Library P G WODEHOUSE series
The stories in this collection reflect Wodehouse's own happy schooldays at Dulwich College but they also do a good deal more.
Although among his earliest attempts at fiction they give fascinating glimpses of a time when motor cars were novelties, schoolmasters wore mortar boards and gowns, and America was a rising power in the world. The best of them display the author's love of games and knack for neat plotting.
In one, a resourceful teenaged heroine helps a truant schoolboy cricketer by marooning his credulous schoolmaster at the top of a church tower until the match is over.
Another describes a boy escaping from the scene of his crime by a passing car, only to be caught out by a last-minute revelation.
Several Sherlock Holmes parodies read as what they are - high-spirited experiments - but the longer stories delve deeper into character: together, they recreate a vanished world of school shops, fagging, Latin prep and hearty teas.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Everyman
- Publication Date: 28/03/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841591797