P. G Wodehouse is timelessly classic, funny, and incredibly entertaining so it’s hardly surprising that desire for his work has continued long after his death. This week with the news that Hutchinson/Arrow has renewed the publishing license for Wodehouse’s work for a further ten years is more news about some new short stories coming this year!
Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (US – UK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market.
Now Hutchinson is to publish a series of four pocket-sized paperbacks they’re calling ‘pick-me-ups’ for “those moments when you’re in need of a small dose of joy”. Each book will contain three of the best Wodehouse short stories and are all available for pre-order in time for Christmas now. The titles in the set The Amazing Hat Mystery, Buck-U-Uppo, Goodbye to All Cats and The Smile that Wins are all among Wodehouse’s most whacky and absurd work, featuring famous characters Jeeves and Wooster, Ukridge, and Mr Mulliner, the oldest member of the golf club.
The books go on sale in November and will be sold as £4.99 paperbacks in the UK. A later Kindle release is planned for the US market slightly later.
This week the BBC released a trailer for the documentary, just a short snippet of the hour long show and you can watch that below. Read More
The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.
The Book of Dust: Volume 1 ‘La Belle Sauvage’ was due for worldwide publication on 19th October but due to a mix up, Dutch publishers Uitgeverij Prometheus distributed copies early, seeing copies of the books hit the shelves on 4th October.
The heart-warming rags to riches story follows a boy trying to break his dad out of prison. Frank’s dad went to jail for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery but he wants to put the money back and so Frank and him hatch a daring plan to break out and restore the missing cash. Read More
Canongate who are publishing the memoirs are hosting a singing competition at their website right now and to enter bookshop owners must film themselves singing and send it in. The winner will have Matt Lucas visit their shop on December 5th to sign copies of Little Me. Read More