Book Review: Very Good, Jeeves! by P. G. Wodehouse

Name: Very Good, Jeeves!
P. G. Wodehouse
Number of Pages:
258 (Paperback)
5th July 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company
Genre: Humour, Comedy


Whatever the cause of Bertie Wooster’s consternation — Bobbie Wickham gives away fierce Aunt Agatha’s dog; again in the bad books of Sir Roderick Glossop; Tuppy crushes on robust opera singer — Jeeves can untangle the most ferocious muddle.
1 Jeeves and the Impending Doom
2 The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy
3 Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit
4 Jeeves and the Song of Songs
5 Episode of the Dog McIntosh
6 The Spot of Art
7 Jeeves and the Kid Clementina
8 The Love that Purifies
9 Jeeves and the Old School Chum
10 Indian Summer of an Uncle
11 The Ordeal of Young Tuppy     – from Goodreads

My Rating:


My Thoughts:

Few things are guaranteed to brighten my day as rapidly and as easily as reading some P. G. Wodehouse.
I love the adventures and scrapes that Bertie Wooster and his valet (or Gentlemen’s Personal Gentleman, as he is also known) Jeeves, always end up in.

Bertie has a heart of gold, and his intentions are usually good, but whether his efforts are to reunite old flames, kindle new romantic alliances, or just generally avoid the presence of his formidable Aunt Agatha, somehow mischief, trouble and hi-jinks are never very far away.
This is where Jeeves comes in. Unflappable, calm under pressure, and with a vast intellect beyond anyone else in Bertie’s world it often falls to Jeeves to rescue Bertie from the clutches of various characters – Aunt Agatha, Sir Roderick Glossop et al., before any serious trouble can ensue.

These books are gentle, humour-filled comic sketches of a life and times I would love to have known.
The writing is wordily wonderful, with turns of phrase not often employed today, and sometimes simply the way things are expressed is enough to make me smile.

Very Good, Jeeves is a collection of eleven short stories detailing the escapades of Bertie and Jeeves, and is therefore perfect for a little light reading when you have a spare half hour and want some genuinely funny entertainment.
If you have never had the pleasure of reading any of the Jeeves stories before you could certainly pick up this book to begin with. In this volume some of the stories allude to previous events, but usually something from one of the previous stories in this same book.

Honourable mentions must go out to my favourite stories in the collection including Jeeves and the Impending Doom, Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit and The Spot of Art. Those stories had me laughing out loud and pausing to re-read and savour certain passages and scenes because the visual created was just too good to pass over quickly.

Bertie’s disasters and Jeeves’ triumphs will never cease to hold a special place in my heart, and I am going to read the rest of the books in this wonderful series and continue my reading adventures in the wonderful world that Wodehouse created.


7 thoughts on “Book Review: Very Good, Jeeves! by P. G. Wodehouse

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy says:

    I love Jeeves and Wooster and Wodehouse, so I was so happy to read your review! Wodehouse always brightens my day too! Lovely review! Are you also a fan of the Hugh Laurie/Stephen Fry series?


    • pagesandtea says:

      I love the Fry/Laurie series. I think they were both perfectly cast as Bertie and Jeeves. I really enjoyed the series where they went to America, but they’re all so good 🙂 Talking about the series makes me want to go and rewatch again from the very beginning.


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