For Christmas 2011 my friend Ivet gave me the book The Code of the Woosters as a gift. As the title suggests this is one of the Jeeves & Wooster stories from the pen of PG Wodehouse. Ivet chose it because she had heard good things about it. She wasn’t aware that I am a huge fan of the 90s TV series Jeeves and Wooster starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Classy, intelligent, well-produced and splendidly acted television of the style sadly missing from ITV nowadays.
However, in the 20 odd years since the series premiered I’d never gotten around to reading the source material from the pen of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. Yep, that’s bloody rubbish. So it was serendipitous in the extreme that Ivet purchased me the 3rd Jeeves & Wooster novel.
Funnily enough Wodehouse was born in my home town of Guildford so maybe there is something in the air that attracted me to his characters and tales. When his aficionados include the aforementioned Fry and Laurie, and the late lamented Douglas Adams, my interest has august company.
So thank you to Ivet for finally putting me on the path proper to reading the works of PG Wodehouse.