Press Release: The Clicking of Cuthbert
P. G. Wodehouse
Introduced by Lawrence Donegan
Illustrated by Paul Cox
‘You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour’
‘What earthly good is golf?’ So asks a frustrated young man in the first story in this collection, and with his trademark wit and keen observational eye, P. G. Wodehouse gives a series of delightful answers to this desperate question.
An outrageously prolific writer, Wodehouse wrote over 300 short stories and 90 novels in his lifetime, yet still somehow found time to take up golf and become reasonably good at it, by most accounts. The stories he personally selected for The Clicking of Cuthbert are far more than mere sporting tales: Wodehouse uses golf as a lens through which to view everything that truly matters – love, romance, religion, friendship, the importance of the right pair of knickerbockers and a good hefty drive.
This giftable Folio edition is illustrated by Paul Cox with a flood of lively new illustrations, as well as a very special set of colour endpapers: gleaning details from each story, he has crafted a map of Wodehouse’s fictional golf course, with each hole and fairway picked out for the reader. Its binding is in series with other Wodehouse titles available from The Folio Society.
Author and musician Lawrence Donegan is the Guardian’s former golf correspondent and the author of Four Iron in the Soul, a book chronicling his experiences caddying for Scottish golfer Ross Drummond during the European Tour. In his fond introduction, written exclusively for this edition, Donegan looks at Wodehouse’s relationship with the sport and his standing as a golf writer, declaring that: ‘when it comes to writing about golf there is no debate. The art peaked with Wodehouse.’
Three-quarter bound in blocked buckram with a printed textured paper front board. Set in Goudy. 208 pages. Colour frontispiece and 41 integrated B&W illustrations. Printed colour endpapers. Plain slipcase. 8¾˝ x 5½˝.
UK £34.95 US $54.95 Can $65.00 Aus $69.95
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