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Love Among The Chickens

Author: P G Wodehouse

Publisher: Herbert Jenkins (1963)

This is the tale of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, one of Wodehouse's favourite protagonists, and his fraught attempt to establish a business farming chickens on the coast of Dorset. The story is told by Jeremy Garnet through whose bemused eyes we observe the magnificent Ukridge at work while following Garnet's own chequered romance with the daughter of a neighbouring professor.

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Lucky Jim

Author: Kingsley Amis

Publisher: Penguin Classics (2000)

Jim Dixon has accidentally fallen into a job at one of Britain's new red brick universities. A moderately successful future in the History Department beckons - as long as Jim can stave off the unwelcome advances of fellow lecturer Margaret, survive a madrigal-singing weekend at Professor Welch's, deliver a lecture on 'Merrie England' and resist Christine, the hopelessly desirable girlfriend of Welch's awful son Bertrand. Inspired by Amis's friend, the poet Philip Larkin, Jim Dixon is a timeless comic character, adrift in a hopelessly gauche and pretentious world.

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Malvina Of Britanny

Author: J K Jerome

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Man At The Helm

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Penguin (2015)

Man at the Helm, the debut novel from Nina Stibbe - the much-loved author of Love, Nina - is a wildly comic, brilliantly sharp-eyed novel about the horrors of being an attractive divorcée in an English village in the 1970s, and a family's fall from grace . .

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Mike And Psmith

Author: P G Wodehouse

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Mr Bonaparte Of Corsica

Author: John Kendrick Bangs

Publisher: (1895)

John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922) was an American writer and satirist who worked on several well known publications in America, including 'Life' and others. 'Mr Bonaparte of Corsica' is a humorous fictional history that gives readers an overview of Napoleon's life whilst being intended mostly to entertain.

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Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies

Author: J K Jerome

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Jerome K. Jerome’s Mrs. Korner Sins Her Mercies revolves around the married life of the Korners and their everyday problems. Mrs. Korner seems to be unhappy and she desires a more common and lighthearted husband. The situation comes to a turning point when Mr. Korner comes home drunk after an enlightening conversation with his cousin who told him of the devotion, similar to that of dogs, of the South American women. By comparison with his married life and with the coldness and the constant criticism of his wife, he gets home drunk and behaves badly, humiliating and scaring her to death. Only the intervention of a friend of Mrs. Korner intelligently resolve the situation, advising Mr. Korner to lead his wife to think he just gave her what she asked so much: a man like those she saw in the theater. In this way, he awakens a sense of guilt in Mrs. Korner, who apologizes to her husband and finally understands to be lucky.

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My Man Jeeves

Author: P G Wodehouse

Part of a series: Jeeves

Publisher: Everymans Library (2006)

Containing drafts of stories later rewritten for other collections (including Carry On, Jeeves), My Man Jeeves offers a fascinating insight into the genesis of comic literature's most celebrated double-act. All the stories are set in New York, four of them featuring Jeeves and Wooster themselves; the rest concerning Reggie Pepper, an earlier version of Bertie. Plots involve the usual cast of amiable young clots, choleric millionaires, chorus-girls and vulpine aunts, but towering over them all is the inscrutable figure of Jeeves, manipulating the action from behind the scenes. Early or not, these stories are masterly examples of Wodehouse's art,turning the most ordinary incidents into golden farce.

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My Uncle Oswald

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Penguin Books (2009)

Aside from being thoroughly debauched, strikingly attractive and astonishingly wealthy, Uncle Oswald was the greatest bounder, bon vivant and fornicator of all time. In this instalment of his scorchingly frank memoirs he tells of his early career and erotic education at the hands of a number enthusiastic teachers, of discovering the invigorating properties of the Sudanese Blister Beetle, and of the gorgeous Yasmin Howcomely, his electrifying partner in a most unusual series of thefts ...

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Not George Washington

Author: P G Wodehouse

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