It is pig stealing time in Shropshire. After winning the Fat Pig competition for two years in a row with Empress of Blandings, Lord Emsworth's ascendancy at the Agricultural Show is threathened by Sir Gregory Parsloe's new sow, Queen of Matchingham. Always keen to help, Lord Emsworth's brother Galahad plots the theft of the Parsloe pig. In retaliation, Sir Gregory's pigman, George Cyril Wellbeloved, snaffles the Empress. While these momentous events are under way, a romantic comedy unfolds at Blandings Castle whither Jerry Vail her pursued Penny Donaldson. But Penny is engaged to Orlo Vosper who pines for Gloria Salt who is engaged to Sir Gregory who rediscovers Maudje Stubbs who has charmed Lord Emsworth, who is Jerry's employer.
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That portly porker, the Empress of Blandings, is ready for her third win in the Fat Pigs Contest, but Lord Easworth's hopes shatter when he hears of Sir Gregory's fabulous entry, the Queen of Matchingham. Hon. Galahad Threepwood, never one to face a heart bowed down, is on the move to nobble the Queen, is counterplayed by a hard drinking pigman and threatened by several romances, all bustling at once. American heiress Penelope gets engaged to Orlo: Orlo's ex-fiancee has ringed Sir Gregory, while a lady detective rediscovers an old love. By the time the Empress is back in her own pen - everyone has gotten dis- and then re-engaged to someone else- you know Wodehouse-like. A macedoine of fruity ploys - this for the unregenerate followers. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - P. G. Wodehouse
The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.