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Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves #13)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,157 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
Steadfast, reassuring Jeeves is back, and in this uproarious novel his superior mind rises effortlessly to the occasion. "Everything is just mildly idiotic, and there is lots of purely physical comedy, and lots of conversation."--INewsweek/I
Paperback, 189 pages
Published February 27th 1994 by Vintage (first published 1963)
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Jason Koivu
Aug 11, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, wodehouses, humor
Bertie Wooster is back at Totleigh Towers fighting off the threat of marriage with dippy Madeline Bassett in the charmingly delightful Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves.

Good ol' school chum Gussie Fink-Nottle's engagement to Madeline is all that's saving Bertie from a future strapped to a sap. A forced vegetarian diet could tip the scales!

(The horror is readily apparent all over newt fancier Fink-Nottle's map.)

Stiffy Byng, Stinker Pinker, Sir Watkyn Bassett and a bevy of other recurring characters show u
Vimal Thiagarajan
This is my seventh book in the Jeeves series, and I'd have to count this as my most memorable, perhaps matched only by Right Ho, Jeeves. Wondering what this crazy old Octogenarian had smoked while writing this book. He seems to have put in everything he had into this, and then some more. After the half-way mark, I just couldn't read even 2 consecutive pages of this book without collapsing into minute-long violent fits of laughter which has now left me literally aching muscle-for-muscle. Bertie a ...more
May 20, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most Hilarious! Bertie was in his element and so was Jeeves. There were numerous scenes where I just could not control from laughing out loud.
Dec 09, 2014 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ was published on the 22nd of March, 1963. That’s the very day that The Beatles released their first album ‘Please, Please Me’, and exactly the same day John Profumo stood up in The Houses of Parliament to deny having relations with Christine Keener. It was the year Kim Philby fled to Moscow, the scandalous divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Harold McMillan’s resignation, JFK’s assassination and the first broadcast of ‘Doctor Who’.

You will find n
May 15, 2016 Girish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, What does one need to do to hold on to bachelorhood and stay out of jail? If you are Bertram Wooster, way more than a normal human being, and that too succeed by a whisker thanks to the inimitable Jeeves by his side. This rib tickler had me stifle-laughing like an imbecile on flights while my neighbours were desperately trying to sleep despite me.

Totleigh Towers is next only to Mordor when it comes to terror and Bertie well advisedly resolves to stay far away from it. He even turns down his
Jun 16, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
1/6: Bertie is obliged to sort out an amorous mix-up between his friends. PG Wodehouse romp with Richard Briers and Michael Hordern.

2/6: Bertie tries to play peacemaker when he arrives at Totleigh Towers.

3/6: Bertie Wooster is landed in a pickle over an expensive statue.

4/6: Gussie upsets his fiancee when he looks elsewhere on the menu.

5/6: Gussie is walloped and Aunt Dahlia sends Bertie on a spending spree.

6/6: Bertie is in a mess. Can his valet save his bacon? PG Wodeho
May 06, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
This book was first published in the same month I was born. In fact, in the UK only two days before I was born, though five months earlier in the US – which surprised me somewhat. I really like the idea that there might have been someone quickly reading this over the weekend that I was born and laughing away cheerfully at it all. Yes, I like that idea very much.

Wooster is truly one of the great narrative voices in English Literature. There are moments when it is nearly dangerous to listen to him
Let me do a little buck and wing dance for this one. Ahh, Wodehouse gets me cracking my limb-oos.

*stretch -kick -stretch -cheers*

It's sunny, dancy (not really too funny like the usual P.G. stuff) and wonderful for the bummer days. There is a lot more swagger to Jeeves than I've ever seen in any fic butler ever. I guess, if he had ever made it to the real world, I would've been swapping my cigarettes for his reality show DVDs. Although after some time, the whole raged aunt, half-hallucinated un
Мартин Касабов
Горе главата, Джийвс:

Започнах да чета книгите на Удхаус, защото на задната корица на една от тях пишеше: "Книгите на Удхаус се препоръчват от психиатри като терапевтично средство за изваждане от депресия, но няма нужда да сме психически зле, за да им се радваме." Сега, нужно е да уточним, че многоуважаван джентълмен като мен, внимава никога да не се намери в подобно деградивно състояние, но уви, мрачните есенни месеци понякога надделяват.

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Sep 21, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, british, audiobooks
4 stars. I have read almost all of the Bertie & Jeeves books growing up and many of them I have reread over the years. Now I am enjoying them as audiobooks! I think Jonathan Cecil does an amazing narration & would recommend this edition. Cecil manages to make Bertie Wooster believable, which isn't as easy as it might seem - he gives Bertie just the right amount of imbecility and of the right type. ...more
Douglas Dalrymple
Apr 02, 2015 Douglas Dalrymple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertram Wooster is dragged back to Totleigh Towers and placed under threat of engagement to Madeline Basset or of being jailed as a nabber of collectible statuettes. Meanwhile, Jeeves cannot abide Bertie's new feathered Alpine hat. And what's to be done about the sorry state of today's savages when they fail so utterly to hit Major Plank with a blowpipe dart?

Wooster reflects:

"And these were fellows who called themselves savages. Savages forsooth! The savages in the books I used to read in my chi
David Ranney
"You've never kept newts, have you?"

"Nor, sir."

"Nor have I. Nor, to the best of my knowledge, have Einstein, Jack Dempsey and the Archbishop of Canterbury, to name but three others. Yet Gussie revels in their society and is never happier than when curled up with them. It takes all sorts to make a world, Jeeves."
"Looks are not everything. I admit that any red-blooded Sultan or Pasha, if offered the opportunity of adding M. Bassett to the personnel of
Perry Whitford
May 01, 2016 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Tum tumpty tumpty tumpty
Tum tiddly om pom isle,
Where every prospect pleases
And only man is vile'

Bertie Wooster might not be able to recollect all the words to the hymn "From Greenland's Icy Mountains", but that last couplet really was the mot juste, as Jeeves would no doubt term it, when it came to summarising his feelings about Totleigh Towers.

Home of the fearsome ex-magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett, his drippy daughter Madeline, the high-spirited Miss Stiffy Bing - 'a cross between a ticking bom
Jun 22, 2016 Bettie☯ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura

Description: Bertie Wooster vows that nothing will induce him to return to Totleigh Towers, lair of former magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett. Apart from Sir Watkyn himself, the place is infested with his ghastly daughter Madeline and her admirer, would-be dictator Roderick Spode. But when his old friend 'Stinker' Pinker asks for Bertie's help, there is nothing for it but to buckle down and go there. His subsequent adventures involve a black statuette, a Brazil
Comedy of manners. Bertram Wooster has no intention of returning to Totleigh Towers, a ghastly place inhabited by two of his least favourite people on earth, Madeline Basset and her father Sir Watkyn Basset. When the terrifyingly irrepressible Stiffy Byng sends him a summons to help her do something down there that he's positive he doesn't want to do, he turns it down pretty quick. But when he hears that Madeline's fiance Gussie Fink-Nottle is also at Totleigh Towers, and that their engagement i ...more
Lachlan Smith
Aug 10, 2012 Lachlan Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing - much like its author, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse - it is definitely one of the funniest books I have read. The language was incredible! When I was about a chapter into the book, I began to think that I might have already read it - that is how interchangeable P.G. Wodehouse's tales are, but he more than makes up for this with his wit and wisdom. There was a paragraph in the last chapter, in which Wooster is asked by Jeeves to dispose of his Alpine hat after exercising his i ...more
Shubhankar Shinde
Every book of P.G. Wodehouse is a gem in any book collection. Only a person, who completely lacks a sense of humour or the intelligence to grasp any humour will write a review against P. G. Wodehouse's professional work.

"Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves", another classic from Wodehouse, brings Bertie Wooster back to the dreaded Totleigh Towers.

The sole purpose of his visit is to save Madeline and Gussie's would-be marriage which is on the verge of collapsing. Because, if the marriage is called off, Berti
Oct 21, 2008 Libbeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1982-to-1989, humour
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
Feb 20, 2016 Teri-k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In which we meet Alpine Joe, notorious thief; Madeline Bassett gets engaged to three different men, and Jeeves leaves Bertie's employment. Very good, tightly written story that will brighten anyone's day.
Remesh R.
Oct 11, 2014 Remesh R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Stephen Fry says on the cover of this book....."You don't analyze such sunlit perfection. You just bask in its warmth and splendor." It pains me not to give this a 5 star, but its my first meeting with Wodehouse, so its fine.
Mar 26, 2016 Addie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Oh, Daddy," said Madeline. "I forgot to tell you. I asked Bertie to come here for a few days."

Pop Bassett swallowed painfully.

"When you say a few days--?"

"At least a week, I hope."

"Good God!"

"If not longer."

"Great heavens!"

"There is tea in the drawing room, Daddy."

"I need something stronger than tea," said Pop Bassett in a low, husky voice, and he tottered off, a broken man. The sight of his head disappearing as he made for the lower regions where the snootful awaited him brought to my mind a
Jul 19, 2015 Rajan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bliss
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
I hadn't read a Jeeves book in a year or so when I got this one at the library, and good God, I forgot how much I loved them. It's just so cheerful and funny, and though I wouldn't reccomend reading as your first Jeeves book (it has so many characters that you need to have known from previous books, or at the very least, the TV show) and, like some of the latter books, it's a little formulaic, you don't really find yourself caring about that, because the book is just so much fun and entertaining ...more
Taymara Stephania  Jagmohan
Splendid Delight!

Stiff Upper Lip, is a fun book, and you'd laugh silently and want to laugh out loud at the same time. When I told mom about how Bertram Wooster is she laughed, because she sees how greatly I admire P.G Wodehouse. He is candid and so flavorful with language, it is almost unbelievable. Incredulously mind-blowing! What I like about Wodehouse is the way he describes women in relationships. He talks them down, but equally talks them up, because daisies are to be given away after all,
Susan in NC
May 23, 2015 Susan in NC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Wodehouse and reading of Bertie Wooster's exploits (and Jeeves' ability to extract him from the soup) always brings a smile and chuckle - so much fun! In Wodehouse's lovely, mythical England between the wars, the sun is always shining, Bertie is always well-meaning, snarky and put-upon by turns, and his biggest concern is usually avoiding falling into a disastrous engagement to a long line of spoiled, flaky women! He and Jeeves are surrounded by a hilarious, goofy and charmingly quirky ca ...more
May 08, 2014 Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another classic Jeeves and Wooster story. Bertie once again travels to Totleigh Towers to try to repair the rift in Gussie Finknottle and Madeline Basset's engagement. Pop Basset and Roderick Spode (Lord Sidcup) think he is there to steal a black amber statuette for Bertie's Uncle Tom. How could things get complicated?

As he reflects on his predicament he says "But I must admit that as I crouched in my haven of refuge I found myself chafing not a little. Life at Totleigh Towers, as I mentioned e
This one is the sequel of The Code of the Woosters since it happens shortly after the engagement of Madeline and Gussie, and the adventure with the cow-creamer at Totleigh Towers. Poor dear Bertie! He tries to make things right between Madeline and Gussie since he doesn't want to marry Madeline; he is also forced to help Stiffy and Stinker. I was surprised at the twist of Gussie (view spoiler) I was like, WHAT!, but more than anything, with (view spoiler) ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
'It makes me so sad to think of your hopeless love, Bertie,' she said, adding something which I didn't quite catch about moths and stars. 'Life is so tragic, so cruel. But what can I do?'
'Not a thing,' I said heartily. 'Just carry on regardless.'

When Madeline Bassett forces him to become a vegetarian, Gussie Fink-Nottle threatens to rebel, and Bertie has to try to get their engagement back on track or else he may have to marry drippy Madeline himself. His stay at Totleigh Towers is complicated
Jul 10, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hapless Bertie Wooster is in the soup - again. His pal Gussie Fink-Nottle seems to be on the brink of breaking off his engagement to the beautiful but sappy Madeline Bassett. If he does, Bertie will be obliged to marry her, something he considers a fate worse than d. So Bertie rushes off to Totleigh Towers - in spite of the presence there of his nemeses Roderick Spode and ex-magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett - to try to mend the rift. Multiple misunderstandings and mishaps ensue, and of course, at t ...more
Russell George
Jan 24, 2016 Russell George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spiffing fun of course, but you can’t help but wonder why Bertie doesn’t just tell Madelaine Basset that he doesn't want to marry her? Of course, that would scupper the whole story. There’d be no need to revisit Totleigh Towers, Gussie Fink-Nottle would be free to break up with the awful Madelaine to pursue a meat based diet (that’s not a euphemism), and Stiffie Byng wouldn't be able to coax B into stealing an amber statuette from Pop Bassett. But a chap like Bertie can’t just say what he means ...more
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Jeeves (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
  • Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
  • Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
  • Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
  • Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
  • The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7)
  • Joy in the Morning (Jeeves, #8)
  • The Mating Season (Jeeves, #9)
  • Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10)

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“She was heading for the piano, and something told me that it was her intention to sing old folk songs, a pastime to which, as I have indicated, she devoted not a little of her leisure. She was particularly given to indulgence in this nuisance when her soul had been undergoing an upheaval and required soothing, as of course it probably did at this juncture.

My fears were realized. She sang two in rapid succession, and the thought that this sort of thing would be a permanent feature of our married life chilled me to the core.”
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