Blandings Castle

16 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 823 ratings

Something Fresh Summary

This is the first Blandings novel, in which P.G. Wodehouse introduces us to the delightfully dotty Lord Emsworth, his bone-headed younger son, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, his log-suffering secretary, the Efficient Baxter, and Beach the Blandings butler.

As Wodehouse wrote, 'without at least one imposter on the premises, Blandings Castle is never itself'. In Something Fresh there are two, each with an eye on a valuable Egyptian amulet which Lord Emsworth has acquired without quite realizing how it came into his pocket. But of course things get a lot more complicated than this...

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  • Book 1

    • Something Fresh

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. And Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion, there are two of them: both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtaking

    • By Seimon on 25-06-09

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    • Something Fresh

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    As Wodehouse himself once noted, "Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice." On this particular occasion, there are two imposters, both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth's secretary, the Efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what is afoot - despite the distractions caused by the Honorable Freddie Threepwood's hapless affair of the heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Wodehouse!

    • By R on 20-02-12

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    • Something New

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Here, we have a glorious ensemble of Woodhousian characters knocking elbows to foreheads in the elegant and grand Blandings Castle. Meet Freddy Threepwood, the vagrant son of doddering old Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle. Freddy has recently become engaged to Aline Peters, the American heiress of an irascible father. The snag is that Freddy seems to have at one point become enamored of a struggling actress, Joan Valentine, and written some impetuous and imprudent letters to her.

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  • Book 2

    • Leave it to Psmith

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Totally ruined by muffled recording.

    • By Frank M on 19-03-15

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  • Book 3

    • Blandings Castle

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
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    At Blandings Castle trouble, as is often the case, rears its bothersome head to disturb the cosy peace. This is a collection of 12 stories for Wodehouse fans.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wodehouse at his best.

    • By Andrew on 09-08-10

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  • Book 4

    • Summer Lightning

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: John Wells
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his Reminiscences, and they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer. For Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company. Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hurrah for Galahad!

    • By Dr. R. Brompton on 20-07-16

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  • Book 5

    • Heavy Weather

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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      5 out of 5 stars 53
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    Distraught when an author withdraws his manuscript from publication, the publisher, Lord Tilbury, sets about retrieving his fortunes, never guessing that his final obstacle would be in the rotund form of a prize pig.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolute pleasure

    • By Monica on 20-04-11

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  • Book 6

    • Uncle Fred in the Springtime

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Uncle Fred, or to give him his full title: Fredrick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is considered by some as a "splendid gentleman, a sportsman to his fingertips". Mr Twistleton, nephew to Earl, and otherwise known as "Pongo" to his friends, has a differing view. He simply describes his uncle as "being loopy to the tonsils".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Had me laughing out loud!

    • By Susan on 13-04-13

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  • Book 7

    • Full Moon

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The moon beamed down genially on the turrets and battlements of Blandings Castle. Sleep, however, eluded Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth. To be compelled to play host to his younger son, Freddie, was enough; add his sister Veronica and a chap called Tipton Plimsoll and you have a situation at which the doughtiest earl might quail...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great story

    • By julia on 17-05-15

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  • Book 8

    • Pigs Have Wings

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, has good health, a large income, and a first-class ancestral home with gravel soil and rolling parkland. But these blessings count for nothing in the presence of a certain Sir Gregory Parsloe; Lord Emsworth is convinced he has evil designs on his pre-eminent pig, Empress of Blandings. It is fortunate for Lord Emsworth that there is at least one member of the family upon whom he can rely: The Hon. Galahad Threepwood is at hand.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Impossible

    • By Isobel on 13-04-18

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  • Book 9

    • Service with a Smile

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
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    The description of his ancestral seat as an earthly Paradise would, at present, have struck its proprietor as ironical, full as it was with unwanted and troublesome inhabitants. What Lord Elmsworth needed above all was a rugged ally at his side to remove from Blandings its superfluous guests, leaving him in peace to tend to his beloved pig, Empress of Blandings. However, when Lord Ickenham is on a sweetness-and-light-spreading expedition, there's always apt to be trouble.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely gentle escapism

    • By Caro on 09-01-08

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  • Book 10

    • Galahad at Blandings

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
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      5 out of 5 stars 26
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    Sam Bagshott, son of the late Boko Bagshott, had been at Blandings Castle only a short while, but long enough to know that anyone enjoying its hospitality must get the occasional shock. Sam braced himself as the possibilities flitted through his mind. The house was on fire? Empress of Blandings had taken to the bottle again? Constable Evans had arrived with a search warrant?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Gally

    • By Tambo on 07-04-18

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  • Book 11

    • A Pelican at Blandings

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 56
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      5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, sank back in his chair looking like the good old man in a Victorian melodrama whose mortgage the villain had just foreclosed. He felt the absence of that gentle glow which customarily accompanied the departure of one of his sisters. Lord Emsworth needed Galahad....There are tricky corners to be rounded, and assorted godsons, impostors, and pretty girls to be paired off.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Corking!

    • By Sue on 09-12-08

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    • A Pelican at Blandings

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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    Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, sank back in his chair looking like the good old man in a Victorian melodrama whose mortgage the villain had just foreclosed. Lord Emsworth needed Galahad. There are tricky corners to be rounded, and assorted godsons, impostors, and pretty girls to be paired off. Fortunately, many years’ membership of the Pelican Club means the Hon. Galahad Threepwood is able to keep cool, stiffen his upper lip, and always think a shade quicker than the next man.

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    • Lord Emsworth and Others

    • By: P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
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      5 out of 5 stars 24
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    Contained here are nine glorious episodes from the idyllic world of Wodehouse. There's a crime wave that was to rock Blandings Castle to its foundations which broke out towards the middle of a fine summer afternoon; Ukridge appears on Corky's doorstep at three in the morning, wearing his yellow mackintosh and requesting a whisky and soda; while the Oldest Member warns of the folly of driving into the father of the girl you love.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Treat

    • By T J on 18-10-06

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  • Book 12

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