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    P.G. Wodehouse(Author)

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Meet the Young Men in Spats - all members of the Drones Club, all crossed in love and all busy betting their sometimes nonexistent fortunes on unlikely outcomes - that's when they're not recovering from driving their sports cars through rather than round Marble Arch.

These wonderful comic short stories are the essence of innocent fun. In them you'll encounter some of Wodehouse's favourite characters - including, for the first time, his future hero Uncle Fred. The collection is widely regarded as one of Wodehouse's best and includes one of his own favourites, 'The Amazing Hat Mystery'.

‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection: you just bask in its warmth and splendour’ Stephen Fry

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • P.G. Wodehouse(Author)
  • Arrow; paperback / softcover edition (2 July 2009)
  • English
  • 8
  • Fiction

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  • By G K Kinsky on 13 February 2013

    Another super duper Wodehouse. All the young men of the Drones are running round town and the country getting caught up in all sorts of scrapes the tales of which exploits are recounted by themselves and their friends back at the Drones.Top marks to the master. Snuggle up with a cup of tea and a Wodehouse and watch your troubles melt !!

  • By A Crumpet on 16 May 2017

    PG at his best in quick-time golden nuggets. Every story as good as his novels, just distilled into concentrated joy.

  • By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 7 January 2008

    The titular `Young Men in Spats' of this collection of Wodehouse short stories are the Eggs, Beans and Crumpets of the Drones Club, a private members club which boast Bertie Wooster, Bingo Little and Freddie Threepwood amongst it's more well known clientele. Of the eleven stories assembled eight are narrated by the Eggs, Beans and Crumpets themselves and three by Mr Mulliner, a Wodehouse sage of some renown.Of the stories told by Egg to Bean, four of them concern one Freddie Widgeon and his various attempts to maintain the affection of his latest beau. In the first story `Fate' Freddie is happily engaged to Mavis Peasemarch (whom eventually makes a habit of becoming engaged to Freddie) but fate comes between them in the form of Freddie's chivalry and a collection of Bowler hated detectives.Pongo Twistleton is also featured in three of the stories and more importantly we are granted our first meeting with his Uncle Fred whom is one of Wodehouse's greatest creations and my own personal favourite. `Uncle Fred Flits By' to `leave this foul hole a better and happier foul hole than I found'. As a crumpet would put it `I don't know if you happen to know what the word `excesses' means, but these are what Pongo's Uncle Fred from the country, when in London, invariably commits'.Mr Mulliner joins the party initially to tell us of Archibald Mulliner also a member of the Drones, whose party piece was the imitation of a hen laying an egg, but somewhat inevitably he goes off topic telling us of the pyrotechnics of poet Mordred Mulliner.Another wonderful collection; worth the price of admission alone to receive Uncle Fred into the best of all possible worlds. `Top Hole' as one of our more seasoned Eggs would no doubt put it.


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