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First published in UK: July 21 1950 by Herbert Jenkins, London|
First published in US: May 24 1951 by Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York
Further stories of members of the Drones Club and several adventures related by the Oldest
Member of the golf club. Many old friends reappear - Bingo Little and Mrs Bingo, Freddie
Widgeon, Ambrose Gussett, Agnes Flack, Horace Bewstridge and many more.
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Ten short stories, five of them about golf, told by the Oldest Member. But
in three of them the O.M., the club and the course are American. Rodney
Has a Relapse pulls A. A. Milne's nose again. Birth of a Salesman has
Lord Emsworth temporarily in America and jealous of his son Freddie's
success as a mini-magnate in the dog-biscuit business. How's that,
Umpire? is the story of the salvation of Conky Biddle, obliged to go to
cricket matches (which he loathes) with his uncle Lord Plumpton, who
provides his allowance and is dotty about the game. A beautiful American
girl with a millionaire father rescues Conky from unemployment and cricket.
Two stories are about Bingo Little, and one of them brings back, to be
nanny to young Algernon Aubrey, the nanny who had nannied Bingo in infancy:
a resurrection that Bingo would not recommend now, to any pater-familias.
The other Bingo story brings the disruptive Freddie Widgeon into the Little
family's lives. Success Story is Ukridge at his best, outlying and
outsmarting his aunt's crooked butler Oakshott. But Corky still has to pay
the bill for the lordly celebratory lunch.
Source: Richard Usborne. Plum Sauce. A P G Wodehouse Companion.
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