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Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves #13)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  4,883 ratings  ·  227 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
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!

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(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...more
F.R.
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...more
Trevor
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...more
Nazish
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...more
Leslie
4½ 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.
Lachlan Smith
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
Remesh R
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.
blindmouse
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
Emma
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
Howard
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...more
Jennifer Johnson
Oh my goodness! I kept saying I was going to read Wodehouse but kept putting it off. Now I recognize this for a true tragedy. Bertie and Jeeves are such an adorable pair and the tale is so fun and amusing. I can't wait to finish so I can pick up another Wodehouse!
Jessie
Only the second Wodehouse I've ever read, but it made me want MOREEEEE!!! A delightful romp through Bertie's misfortunes by Wodehouse's ridiculously innovative literary hilarity. Not to mention that Jeeves absolutely OUTDOES himself in measurements of awesomeness...
Heidi
I read this one before "Code of the Woosters," only to discover I was reading them in the wrong order. But it didn't matter: with Wodehouse it's not about reaching a destination, it's about enjoying the ride. And I really enjoyed it.
Cameron Toney
Good hearted but daft Bertie Wooster is at it again, and Jeeves will have to unravel everything again. Theres a love triangle, a footballer curate, an American Heiress cook, an African statuette, and not to mention a house full of people who hate our beloved Wooster, and think he's a deranged kleptomaniac.
But this is Wodehouse, and theres no situation too tangled for the indespensible Jeeves to set to rights.
This is a classic example of the Jeeves and Wooster fun, with good intentioned Wooster...more
Gina
An enjoyable and fun read. One never knows what is going to happen to poor old Wooster next, but as usual, Jeeves is on hand to save the day....again. Lighthearted and a happy sunday afternoon well spent!
Laura Gilfillan
What could possibly convince Bertie to ever visit Totleigh Towers again? Only the threat of being roped into marriage. So off he goes to make sure Gussie and Madeleine don't break up. But alas, the whole visit is a disaster. Bertie is accused of stealing an ugly collector's item his uncle has his eyes on, Gussie runs off with the cook, after Madeleine tries to make him be a vegetarian, and in the end, Bertie even gets hauled off to jail. Jeeves, of course, manages to save the day, but not as smo...more
Caitlin
Have you ever read something so funny that you fell of the couch and sucked dust bunnies into your lungs? No? You've never read Wodehouse.
Michele
Delightful, if delightful is the word I want.
Nick
Bertie desperately seeks to avoid women and a life of crime in this spritely tale. Both seem to keep attaching themselves to him despite his best efforts. All good (and only slightly misogynistic) fun that, of course, only Jeeves can straighten out. He does so with a move so shocking, so terrifying, so debilitating to Wodehouse fans, that I warn my fellow readers and devotees to be ready with a stiff whiskey and soda at the appropriate moment. It's the only thing that will get you through.
Tony
Wodehouse, P. G. STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES. (1963). ***. In this installment, Bertie Wooster, the feather-brained master of malapropism, complicates his life by interceding with the predatory Madeline Bassett on behalf of his friend Gussie Fink-Nottle and finds himself entangled in terrifying misunderstandings. All of these misadventures take place at Totleigh Towers, owned by Sir Watkyn Bassett, a retired prosecuting judge with whom Bertie has had run-ins before. Bertie was once sentenced by Sir...more
Jane Hoppe
In need of a pick-me-up? Pick up any P.G. Wodehouse story about Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman Jeeves. I dare you to frown even once as you frolic in English countryside with the likes of Stiffy Byng, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and Stinker Pinker, the local curate. Just reading their names brings a smile to my face.

If you’ve read (or seen on TV) any of the ten or more Jeeves & Wooster stories, you know that ingenious Jeeves must rescue scatterbrained Wooster from awkward pickles. In S...more
Jesse Whitehead
I think I read more comics in the last couple weeks than I’ve read in more than ten years.

That’s it for a while. I promise.

Instead I get to talk about the antics of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman Jeeves.

Wodehouse does not vary a great deal from book to book, he has a formula and he sticks to it. The brilliant thing is that his formula works extraordinarily well.

It goes like this. Wooster, a man of very little brain, gets caught up in the scheming of friends and relations and Jeeves...more
Si Barron
This is a sequel of sorts to 'The Code of the Woosters' (which I just read and which, needless to say was a work of art) and yet it was written over 25 years later in the early 60s. The setting of between wars England is here in buckets though and we are presumably meant to behave as though but a short time has passed because the two betrothed couples are still pre-marriage and yet again Bertie is required to patch things up between them. (In fact during the latter stages it is mentioned that on...more
Liz
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want to laugh.
Shelves: reviewed
Bertie and Jeeves are at it again, getting into more hilarious scrapes as their saga continues. This time, Bertie is forced to return to the dreaded Totleigh Towers, home of the severe magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett (who is convinced that Bertie is a no-good thief), and his fluff-headed daughter, Madeline (who goes on about fairies and elves and sunsets to anyone who will listen). Only the most dire of circumstances could have lured Bertie back into this nest of vipers, but for the sake of preser...more
Julia
The first I've read of the Jeeves franchise. I read a book in another flavor of Wodehouse a couple years back (or maybe two books I've since run together in my head?) that I liked well enough; but this one not so much. The irony works better in third person, I think. Wodehouse does pretty well at giving one a picture of Wooster at a distance from Wooster's own narration, but it's a bit in and out; the distance isn't consistent.

Interesting for its picture of Britain at a certain time; Wooster's w...more
Ann
Just when things were going well for Bertie Wooster, clouds gather once more! Gussie Fink-Nottle is showing signs of restlessness at being engaged to Madeline Bassett, and Bertie knows that if this engagement falls through, Madeline is likely to decide to marry him (Bertie). This must be averted at all costs, so Bertie toddles off to Totleigh Towers to try and bring the quarreling lovers together. On top of that, Stephanie ("Stiffy") Byng wants him to steal an amber statuette, the Reverend “Stin...more
sabisteb
Eigentlich hatte sich Bertie Wooster nach der Affäre mit dem silver cow creamer (The Code of the Woosters) geschworen nie, nie wieder nach Totleigh Towers zurückzukehren. Nun jedoch haben sich Berties Freund Gussie Fink-Nottle und seine Verlobte Madeline Bassett verkracht, weil sie Gussie zum Zwangsvegetarier gemacht hat, was seine Laune nachhaltig verschlechtert hat. Er kann Madeline nicht mehr ertragen. Wenn sich die beiden aber nicht versöhnen, wird Madeline sich wieder an Bertie ranschmeißen...more
Ian Wood
‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ carries on the saga starting with ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’ and continuing through ‘The Code of the Woosters’, ‘The Mating Season’ and ‘Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit’. The same cast of characters are reassembled at TotleighTowers the ancestral home of Sir Watkyn Bassett father of Madeline Basset whom is yet again estranged to her fiancé Gussie Fink-Nottle. Once the engagement is under the cosh, Bertie and Jeeves are summand to restore the larch to the thorn and God to the heave...more
Chris
I read about two Wodehouse books a year, and whenever I'm reading them, I wonder why I don't just sit down and read through everything he's written in about a week. Reading Wodehouse is an act of such unmitigated pleasure. Consider the high wire act of the following sentences: "There was plenty and to spare of the Rev. H.P. Pinker. Even as a boy, I imagine, he must have burst seams and broken try-your-weight machines, and grown to man's estate he might have been Roderick Spode's twin brother. Pu...more
Tamra
Dec 17, 2008 Tamra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to laugh
Recommended to Tamra by: James Herriot
Shelves: own-currently
HILARIOUS. This is all you really need know. However, I have written more if you wish to read more.

I just finished reading this as book 1 of 3 in The Jeeves Omnibus. I didn't know Wodehouse existed until I read that it was James Herriot's favorite book, and now I'm wondering why everyone in the world doesn't know about Wodehouse and Jeeves! Hilarious literature. And it is literature. It's very clever and well written. Some books that are funny aren't good lit as well, but Wodehouse pulls off bot...more
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Ricochet Book Club: My Book of the Week: Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves 3 14 Jan 27, 2013 03:52PM  
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  • Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel
  • Wodehouse: A Life
  • The Complete Yes Minister
  • A Bit of Fry & Laurie
  • The Scandal of Father Brown (Father Brown, #5)
  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells (Jeeves, #16)
  • The Collected Short Stories of Saki
  • Decline and Fall
  • Before Lunch
  • Porterhouse Blue (Porterhouse Blue, #1)
  • Topper
  • The Complete Stories
  • 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': A Confrontation in the Desert
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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 30 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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“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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