A few years ago, Sebastian Faulks was authorised by the Wodehouse Estate to write a new Jeeves novel – now it’s the turn of Ben Schott, of ‘Schott’s Miscellany’ fame. Devotees of Jeeves and Wooster may recall The Code of The Woosters, in which the duo outwitted the dastardly Roderick Spode, fascist leader of the Black Shorts. That villain returns here, now suspected of collaborating with various nefarious foreign powers, and our heroes are enlisted by the government in an attempt to thwart his devious plans. Many old familiar faces and locations re-emerge as the novel progresses, and Schott certainly has managed to expertly reproduce the vintage Wodehouse ‘voice’.
I really enjoyed this tale, and I think most Wodehouse fans will too – the continued longevity of Jeeves and Wooster ably demonstrates that they are two of the great comedic literary creations of all time, and the passing of the years has certainly not withered their unique and unmistakeable charms. The story romps along effortlessly with many a laugh en route, producing a very enjoyable and entertaining read – a perfect Christmas present for the Wodehouse fan in your life!
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The original novels.
One thing you’ve learned
This venture into spy thriller territory is a very impressive homage to Wodehouse, really capturing the spirit of the principal characters and the original novels, and it is certainly a worthy addition to the canon.