On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is to be seen in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs—a role for which he has no discernable talent and a situation he doesn’t much like. The root cause of this role reversal is love. Bertie, you see, has met one Georgiana Meadowes on the Cote d’Azur. However, Georgiana is spoken for. Orphaned at young age, she is the ward of the impoverished Sir Henry Hackwood. In order to help Sir Henry maintain his beloved Melbury Hall, Georgiana is engaged to marry a man of sufficient means, one Rupert Venables.
Meanwhile, Peregrine ‘Woody’ Beeching, one of Bertie’s oldest chums, is desperate to regain the trust of his fiancee Amelia, Sir Henry’s tennis-mad daughter, and has approached Bertie—well, Jeeves, actually—for help.
But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a servant when he has never so much as made a cup of tea? Could it be that the ever loyal, Spinoza-loving Jeeves has something up his sleeve?
With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks brings P.G. Wodehouse’s most beloved characters back to life in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps, a brilliantly conceived, seamlessly executed novel worthy of the master himself.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013
SEBASTIAN FAULKS is the author of twelve novels, including A Week in December; A Possible Life; Human Traces; On Green Dolphin Street; Charlotte Gray, which was made into a film starring Cate Blanchett; and the classic Birdsong, which has sold more than three million copies and was recently adapted for television. In 2008, he was invited to write a James Bond novel, Devil May Care, to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming. He lives in London with his wife and their three children.