Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin

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Author: Pelham Grenville "P G" Wodehouse (1881-1975)

Year: 1972

Publisher: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd

Place: London


192pp Octavo (8" x 5 1/4") issued in green with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial dust jacket. (APG Wodehouse: 110a) First edition.

Monty Bodkin's year in Hollywood is completed and he has returned to London, leaving his Secretary Sandy Miller heartbroken, her love unmentioned, unrequited. Monty's desires lie elsewhere - with the English hockey international Gertrude Butterwick to be precise. Butterwick pere is horrified at Monty's return, Ivor Llewellyn breathes a huge sigh of relief, and the Drones Club pricks up its ears. Attentive students of the Wodehouse canon will recall that Mr Butterwick made it a condition of Monty's betrothal to Gertrude that Monty would hold down a job for a year, which more or less sank any chance of the liaison coming to a fruition; but Monty succeeded in blackmailing Mr Llewellyn into giving him a job. Now, with the conditions plainly satisfied, Monty confronts Mr Butterwick to claim the hand of Gertrude. His return to London should, he feels, be in the style of a Roman triumph. But Hell hath no fury like a flummoxed Butterwick, and the Bodkin road to happiness is arduous and pitfall through and through.


A touch of age toning to head edges. Jacket with closed tears and creases at head edge, corners lightly chipped, tear at heal fold over flap repaired, small stain at back heal fold over flap else a very good to fine copy in about a very good jacket.

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