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Tales of Wrykyn and Elsewhere: 25 original stories

In 1905 P G Wodehouse wrote six stories, set in Wrykyn College and called Tales of Wrykyn. Two years before he had published a book with twelve stories and four essays called Tales of St Austin's, and no doubt meant to produce an equivalent Wrykyn book. Here it is at last.

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£39.95

9781870304245


Publisher        Porpoise Books

ISBN                9781870304245

Pages              323

Format            153 mm x 215 mm

Binding            Hardback

Publication     1997

In 1905 P G Wodehouse wrote six stories, set in Wrykyn College and called Tales of Wrykyn. Two years before he had published a book with twelve stories and four essays called Tales of St Austin's, and no doubt meant to produce an equivalent Wrykyn book. Here it is at last.

It contains 25 new Wodehouse short stories: the six basic Tales of Wrykyn with their original illustrations; six more Wrykyn stories; and thirteen stories set in other schools. Among the "Elsewhere" stories is Stone and the Weed, where a newfangled motor car gets a Sedleigh boy away so fast from the scene of his crime that he almost establishes an alibi; Personally Conducted, in which a teenage girl creditably maroons a Beckford housemaster at the top of a church tower; and The Adventure of Split Infinitive, at the farcically named St Astrisk's, a bitter mockery of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

We despise ruthless Reginald even while we cannot help admiring his elegant revenges. However wrong the characters seem by any adult standards, even those of their own time, we are drawn into their world of warped values. They are unusual, even bizarre; certainly wry, they are in many ways also our kin.

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