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Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves #10)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,927 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Ring for Jeeves features one of Wodehouse's best-known characters, Jeeves. It is the only Jeeves novel in which his employer, Bertie Wooster, does not appear (though he is mentioned). Wodehouse adapted the story from a play, Come On, Jeeves, that he had written with his lifelong friend and collaborator Guy Bolton.

The story opens with Jeeves's employer, Bertie Wooster, havi
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Overlook Books (first published April 22nd 1953)
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This book did genuinely surprise me, as – despite what I thought – I had read it already. I told myself I’d missed out on ‘Ring for Jeeves’, the sole Jeeves novel without Bertie Wooster, as a Jeeves novel without Bertie Wooster just seemed to me unspeakably strange. However, despite my professed ignorance, on turning the pages I found it all came back to me. Clearly I had read ‘Ring For Jeeves’ before, then equally clearly I had blocked the whole experience from my mind. As this really is not a ...more
Meg M
This is probably the most scathing review I'll ever write about Wodehouse. I borrowed this book from a friend as I was heading out to the train. It was a long ride; I was desperate for something to read and I never turn down Wodehouse.

The description on the back had the main character listed as "the ninth earl of Towcester (pronounced Toaster)..." but the main character was actually the early of Rowcester (pronounced Rooster). The book just got weirder from there.

Jeeves, that proper and stalwart
my idol has feet of clay aka p.g. wodehouse sometimes writes duds

hate to say it but i really felt as i read this entry in the jeeves series that it was just cranked out to get the author a few bob. i had thought previously that jeeves without wooster might be palatable but the two characters really do seem to need each other to strike sparks, even though jeeves is given a similar drones club member to serve here albeit one less rolling "in the stuff" than bertie. somehow jeeves comes off as dull
Ian Wood
Rather than be a Jeeves and Wooster novel ‘Ring for Jeeves’ is an adaption of a P G Wodehouse musical play of the same name. The decision to use Jeeves was no doubt a commercial decision to trade on this great name to bring them flocking to the theatre. This makes for an unfortunate book in the series for three very good reasons.

Firstly in order for the correct ending in a musical comedy the leads must fall in love and marry, consequently Bertie cannot be the lead male as he cannot marry as thi
I spent most of this book missing Bertie Wooster, who's only mentioned a few times in passing. The set-up here is the same as with Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. It's set in the 50s, with Jeeves returning as a temporary butler for, I want to say, Lord Bill Towesceter (pronounced toaster.) Bill is Bertie-like in that he's gotten himself entangled in a scheme to make some extra money before marrying the Chief Constable's daughter and Jeeves is there to help him out of it. Though Bill isn' ...more
Ring for Jeeves features Jeeves without Wooster: Bertie is away and has temporarily loaned Jeeves to Bill Belfry, earl of Rowcester. Bill and Jeeves get into trouble while working as bookies to raise cash for Bill, who's engaged and needs money; hijinks ensue at Bill's country house. I really, really missed Bertie's first-person narration, and Jeeves seemed at a loss far more often than he ought; the plot was entertaining, but not enough to keep me from longing for the usual Jeeves and Wooster t ...more
May 29, 2011 Raj rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humour
I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with this novel. For a Jeeves and Wooster book it was missing a very important element – Wooster. Bertie is mentioned a few times but remains off the page, with Jeeves temporarily ensconced with Lord Rowcester of Rowcester Abbey and his attempts to make enough money to marry his love, with the usual Wodehousian mishaps.

The humour in this book felt a little forced to me. For a start it is set in the 1950s, and talk of the War, the atom bomb and the Soci
Todd Martin
I hope I don’t give away too much of the plot when I say that Ring for Jeeves consists of a cast of bumbling characters getting themselves into a comic cluster-f*ck that only Jeeves can extricate them from. Though perhaps that comes as no surprise.

What is a surprise is the tone of the novel. I think what most people find endearing about Wodehouse stories is the light-hearted innocence that permeates his books. There are convoluted muddles and unpleasant characters, but all are drawn for comic ef
Ring for Jeeves is another fairly routine Wodehouse novel, though it is distinct in the Jeeves and Wooster series because Wooster is away for this story. Bertie, instead of avoiding aunts, is at a special school to prepare members of the upper class for a possible populist uprising. Unfortunately, this means Bertie is not our narrator and we miss out on the Wodehousian slang that Bertie uses in his recounting of events. This is also a post-war Wodehouse novel, and some of the lighthearted goodn ...more
A complete oddity. A Jeeves and Wooster book without Bertie Wooster. Instead Jeeves is working for Bill Rowcester (name not that far removed!) who essentially is Bertie without any qualms about getting married; he's also less morally scrupulous. That said the chemistry just isn't the same and bits of the book seem very laboured. What also doesn't help is that Bertie's voice is missing in the narration - instead a third person narrative is employed which jars after reading the others. An interest ...more
Harker US Library
These days, nearly half a century after the death of P. G. Wodehouse and twice that long since his first books were published, readers tend to remember only one subset of his canon: the Jeeves and Wooster novels, which follow bumbling young aristocrat Bertie and his suave, brilliant butler Jeeves as they dodge the salvos of undesirable jobs (and occasional death threats) hurled at them by Bertie’s overbearing aunts. Well, Wodehouse is worthy of plenty of complimentary adjectives—he’s witty, ende ...more
Dueep J.
This book is so silly one wondered why PGW bothered with it. These is one thoroughly ridiculous soul of tact who one wants to brain, because if he has to put his foot in his mouth, he Will, even though his wife suggested dog muzzles. I am talking about Rory Carmoyle.
How did PGW dream up such a blithering blundering nincompoop? The Carmoyle gumboil is not even funny. the Two stars is just because the audiobook has been read by an amazing reader, -not Jonathan Cecil,- and I just can't switch the Z
Wael Mahmoud
Usually i don't give one star to a book i complete reading, But because of a recommendation from one of my closed friends with big words about the great sarcastic P.G. Wodehouse, I decide to complete it anyway, So my opinion will be fair. It's a very silly novel suitable for children maybe, I even don't know why he wrote it as a novel and not a play, And to be honest the novel made me interesting in watch TV episodes presented Jeeves. You can say it's a bad comedy style of Agatha Christie.
Sadly, I have to report that this is a very poor Wodehouse. I realised before the end that this was one of those books that was based on a play. I also assumed that it wasn't originally about Jeeves, but it seems that I was wrong. However, the Jeeves of this book does things that he would never do in any of the other books: fleeing as a bookie's runner, organising thefts for money (rather than to appease Aunt Dahlia) and failing to solve any of the issues raised by the plot. The happy ending occ ...more
Dec 30, 2014 Somdutta rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans
The phosphorous in the fish which Jeeves loves so very much saves the day in Wodehousian world. This time its not Bertie but Bill (Lord Rowcester) who is at the receiving end of Jeeves's genius advice.When Jeeves has his tooth in the physcology of an individual , he has a complete grip of the situation and has the solution. Sir Roderick is also an entertaining character, who makes wrong comments at the wrong time.
If everybody is not happily settled (well except for Aunts), its not end yet. That's the philosophy on which Wodehouse world works. It will go darkest before dawn and everything that can go wrong will definitely go wrong. Unexpected guests, old lovers, money matters, undesired neighbors, and of course Aunts keep on dropping like hailstones in a winter thunderstorm. But no worry if you have your trusted Butler around, Ring for him and have faith that sun will shine, birds will sing, flowers will ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
I find that the narrator/reader of the Wodehouse books makes a big difference in my enjoyment of the story. Jonathan Cecil read The Code of the Woosters, my first "Jeeves" experience, and I have compared each of the following two readers to his interpretation of the (same) characters--usually unfavorably. Wodehouse is my current favorite author, and Cecil is my favorite Wodehouse reader. Right ho!
I always thought that I wouldn't bother with reading Ring for Jeeves. It's the only Jeeves book not to feature Bertie Wooster, had a peculiar publishing history (it's based on a play by Wodehouse's long term theatrical collaborator Guy Bolton) and is generally acknowledged to be one of the master's less successful novels. But, getting the urge (as I do every two or three months) to read a Wodehouse novel, I thought I'd give it a go. It certainly doesn't bear comparison with the best of his oeuvr ...more
Anna Matsuyama
The story is adapted from a play Come On, Jeeves that Wodehouse wrote with his friend Guy Bolton.

Written in third person narrative and the only Jeeves & Wooster novel without *gasp* Bertie.

I made it halfway through, then I had to drop it. Until that point, I was simply bored. But in that moment, the book started downright annoying me. You see, Bertie Wooster isn't actually in this book, it's a Wooster-less "Jeeves & Wooster" piece. And though the language is still witty, it lacks its usual sharpness without Bertie as the snippy observer. But I could've dealt with that. What I could not deal with was Jeeves being the accomplice to an actual crime: his new lordship skimmed a bet ...more
The fair way to judge a book like this is whether it made you laugh, and indeed it did, out loud and several times.

Jeeves is delightful as always. Earl Towcester (pronounced "toaster") seems a lot like Bertie Wooster, who does not appear in this particular story, but I have not read Wodehouse for too long to know for sure. The only disappointing character is the earl's brother-in-law, Rory Carmoyle (how does Wodehouse think up such bizarre names?), who is clueless beyond all imagining.

The plot i
I love Jeeves and Wooster, for me they represent the height of civilization, a profoundly silly creation that exists only to spread a little happiness in what can be a glum world. To be Bertie Wooster is a life long aspiration of mine all the more cherished for its complete unlikelihood.

I started this book and was shocked to realize that it contains no Wooster. Which is a bit like opening your lunchbox on day and instead of getting the peanut butter and jelly sandwich you have been looking forwa
I would not invite any of these characters (namely Jeeves, Bill, Biggar, Moke or Rory) to dinner, because I'd choke and die of laughing.

- "D'you know what this place needs, Moke? A nuclear bomb, right there on the banquet hall."

- It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn't.

- He had a large black patch over his left eye, and a mustach
Stephen Dawson
Having read all the other Jeeves novels, I started out on this with some trepidation, partly from a presumption that the absence of Bertie Wooster would undermine it, and partly from some very negative reviews. But after a weak start, I thought this found its stride reasonable well. It is weakened by the third-person narrative and the absence of BWW, and some of the ideas about the aristocracy in post-war Britain don't sit right in a Wodehousian work, but I thought the style was generally not di ...more
No Bertie Wooster. I miss him. This one isn't as fun as the other Jeeves books that I've read but it's still good. It has some good lines.

"The secret of a happy life was to get rid of the women at the earliest possible opportunity. Give the gentler sex the bums rush, he used to say, removing his coat and reaching for the poker chips, and you could go places. He had often observed that for sheer beauty and uplift few sights could compare with that of the female members of a dinner party filing o
"- Va' avanti, Jeeves, ti ascolto. Che cosa ti prende?
- Si tratta del vostro pigiama, milord. Se fossi stato informato del fatto che Vostra Signoria aveva l'abitudine di dormire con pigiami color malva, l'avrei sconsigliata. Il color malva non si addice a Vostra Signoria. Una volta fui costretto a parlare in questo senso, nel suo miglior interesse, al signor Wooster, che a quel tempo era anche lui un patito dei pigiami color malva.
Bill si scoprì in imbarazzo.
- Come siamo arrivati all'argomento d
The only Jeeves novel not to feature Bertie, and it's a bit odd. Granted, the Jeeves books only take up about 15% of Wodehouse's literary oeuvre, so there's no reason why I should expect them all to be consistent, but it's intriguing how much the loss of Bertie's narrative voice really does affect the novel.

Instead, Jeeves is temporarily servant to another man, and this is really one of Wodehouse's typical country house comedies of errors. His trademark turns of phrase are as funny as ever, and
Cuando el otro da me dio por buscar la lista de libros de Jeeves & Wooster de Wodehouse y me di cuenta de que al menos la mitad no haban sido traducidos al castellano y por tanto no los haba ledo, me fui corriendo a la biblioteca y me traje el primero que encontr que era nuevo para m. En este caso, tenemos a Jeeves pero no a Bertie Wooster, que ha prestado su "valet" a Lord Rowcester. En realidad, mientras est Jeeves, da lo mismo cambiar si es "very good sir" que si es "very good m'lord". Ri ...more
After reading "clicking of cuthbert" I was immediately impressed with Wodehouse.Had heard a lot about his legendary Jeeves stories.So thought of giving it a try.So just randomly picked this one.

I must say I had to struggle with this apparently short book quite a few times before I could finally go beyond first 4-5
pages with a substantial amount of comprehension.
To be frank,the book starts arcanely.The author's characteristic style,excessively colloquial language and the slangs etc do go tangent
In this unusual Bertie & Jeeves adventure, the pair is split up. Jeeves works for Bill, the Earl of Towcester. Bill faces a steep gambling debt to a murderous ex-Army Captain (one of those types with red faces and a small bristly mustache), a rift with his intended Jill, and a crumbling estate he wants to sell. Jeeves, of course, sets it all right in the end.

As usual, Wodehouse’s comic timing is sharp, even if some plot points take a bit long to resolve themselves, and the rapid dialogue is
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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 17 books)
  • My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
  • Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
  • Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
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