Summer Lightning (The Blandings Castle Saga)

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At Blandings Castle, Lord Emsworth's brother Sir Galahad Threepwood is penning his memoirs, much to the horror of his overbearing sister, Lady Constance, who fears salacious tales of his salad days will shame the family. She convinces Baxter, Lord Emsworth's former secretary, to return to Blandings to steal the memoirs. Also at the Castle is Ronnie Fish, who's hoping to get money from Emsworth in order to marry his chorus girl sweetie, Sue. But the best laid schemes of memoir-stealing and marriage-funding gamely go awry. Not one to be easily deterred, Ronnie secretly kidnaps Lord Emsworth's prize pig in order to claim the reward. Baxter, though, is certain that Emsworth’s current secretary has stolen the pig as a sort of porcine job insurance. Soon, Blandings is awash in private detectives, broken engagements, and mistaken identities. Martin Jarvis' nimble reading adds to the hilarity of this classic Wodehouse farce.

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A Blandings novel

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

The Empress of Blandings, prize-winning pig and all-consuming passion of Clarence, Ninth Earl of Emsworth, has disappeared.

Blandings Castle is in uproar and there are suspects a-plenty – from Galahad Threepwood (who is writing memoirs so scandalous they will rock the aristocracy to its foundations) to the Efficient Baxter, chilling former secretary to Lord Emsworth. Even Beach the Butler seems deeply embroiled. And what of Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Clarence’s arch-rival, and his passion for prize-winning pigs?

With the castle full of deceptions and impostors, will Galahad's memoirs ever see the light of day? And will the Empress be returned...?

About the Author:

P. G. Wodehouse was born in England in 1881 and in 1955 became an American citizen. He published more than ninety books and had a successful career writing lyrics and musicals in collaboration with Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, and Cole Porter, among others.

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