(The unauthorised Biography of Sir Bertram Wooster, KG)
I have not really read that many short stories, I am not sure why but this is slowly changing and I have started picking up short story books as it does suit when I need to juggle my children and wanting to read books. When I was offered Crikey! How Did That Happen, I simply could not refuse.
We follow the story of Bertie Wooster from a young child. I got the impression that Bertie was an incredibly lonely young boy who was lost and I felt that he just wanted stability and love and I felt that he got that from his help, Jeeves.
Throughout the novel we follow short stories of Bertie and to a degree Jeeves life and we get glimpses of what happens during the life and the ups and downs.
I simply adored this book and found it to be refreshing take on Sir Bertram Wooster and his life challenges and the people who influenced and part of his life. This was a great read and I certainly was not disappointed.
About the Book
Up until now we have only known Bertie Wooster in his mid-twenties; this is his first whole life biography, told in ten short stories at seven year intervals. Thus we first meet Bertie aged seven, in 1907, at Malvern House prep school, then follow him to Eton aged fourteen and Oxford at twenty-one. We meet Jeeves when Bertie is twenty-eight and then they go their separate ways; Jeeves to the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace and Bertie to the French Riviera at its most glamourous, causing havoc with Somerset Maugham and Alfred Hitchcock, before being accidentally captured by the Italian fascists and spending Christmas Day 1942 with Mussolini.
After WWII Bertie resumed his career in musical cabaret, headlining the Royal Variety Performance in 1949, before being pitched into the machinations of Hollywood at its prime in 1956. In 1963, Bertie, caught up in the zeitgeist, finds himself in the Himalayas with the Maharishi and then we say goodbye to a very much alive Sir Bertram in 1970 in Mustique, where he becomes involved in a murder mystery with many of the leading tax exiles and celebrities of the day.
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