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Eggs, Beans and Crumpets (Ukridge #1.3)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  784 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
These wonderfully funny short stories feature a cast of outrageous characters, all plotting to save themselves from wedlock, poverty or ignominy -- with various degrees of success. The nine stories are: All's Well with Bingo, Bingo and the Peke Crisis, The Editor Regrets, Sonny Boy, Anselm Gets His Chance, Romance at Droitgate Spa, A Bit of Luck for Mabel, Buttercup Day an ...more
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Published December 2nd 2005 by Chivers Audio Books (first published January 1st 1940)
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Ian Wood
Feb 04, 2008 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
An Egg eagerly rushed into the bar of The Drones Gentlemen’s Club and addressed all the various Beans, Crumpets and Piefaces not engaged with throwing food around whilst their trust funds robbed the widow and orphan ‘I say, have you heard, Wodehouse has published a collection of short stories about that ass Bingo Little?’

‘Surely not!’ exclaimed a Bean whom was wondering why he was struggling the read the newspaper he was holding upside down ‘I mean to say as a minor character in the stories abou
Hákon Gunnarsson
I've got an old paperback copy of Eggs, Beans and Crumpets and it is falling apart. The reason it is falling apart is simple, it has been read a few times. It is among my favorite Wodehouse short story collections that doesn't feature Jeeves and Wooster.

I begins with four stories about a well known Wodehouse character, Bingo Little. I really like these stories, I think they may be among the best Wodehouse wrote. They are at least among my favorites. Next we get a romantic romp that only Wodehous
Mar 24, 2012 Bert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It feels wrong giving Wodehouse anything but 5 stars, so 5 stars is it...these were thoroughly enjoyable farces featuring an array of cads, scroungers and buffoons, often involving really rubbish gambling, having to put little trinkets "up the spout", and fail proof schemes such as Ukbridges' plan to raise money by having a girl flog flags for 'buttercup day'; "I hit upon the great truth, old horse - one of the profoundest truths in this modern civilisation of ours - that any given man, confront ...more
Vikas Datta
Oct 11, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam  McPhee
The Stories 'Buttercup Day' and 'Ukridge and the Old Stepper' are phenomenal. The Bingo Little stuff is okay and the other stories forgettable. I think Bingo comes out on top too easily for my liking. He just falls into it. Whereas Stanley Featherstone Ukridge is a straight up vagrant who dreams big but whose plans always fall through.

This one's a bit long but it shows how masterful Wodehouse is with Ukridge:
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May 01, 2011 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong; I love PG Wodehouse. However, in short story form and without Jeeves, it develops a feeling of sameness that makes it hard to keep plowing through. I chuckled a decent bit, so I'm happy.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 16, 2011 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse, fiction
A collection of his short stories, always fun. There are a few Ukridge stories here, which I think is my least favorite Wodehouse character, but still worth the read.
Aug 26, 2012 Karan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
What do I say? I am tired of using the word "masterpiece" when it comes to pieces of the Wodehouse canon, so will desist here. However, "Eggs, Beans and Crumpets" (surprisingly, Wodehouse did not use the Oxford comma! Is this true across his writing? Need to keep my eyes open for this) is a delightful collection of short yarns featuring primarily Bingo Little and his wife, the novelist Rosie M. Banks who have a perfectly happy marriage except for one small hiccup - Bingo's propensity to bet on t ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eggs, Beans and Crumpets is a varied book. It tells a few stories of the life of Bingo Little as a married man, a Mulliner story and some Ukridge ones. Ukridge has been one of my favourite characters ever since I first read the collection of short stories named after him. The stories about him usually deal with his various schemes of acquiring the necessary capital to make the foundations of the vast fortune he is on the brink of amassing. No less than two stories in EB&C are about him court ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Sam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of high society humor
Shelves: fiction
Eggs, Beans and Crumpets is a delightful series of short stories in the form of anecdotes shared by the wealthy members of an exclusive club. Each one begins in the club with one member or other being upset about something, and another member launching into a tale to explain it all. Each of these little vignettes is a superbly crafted comedy bordering on farce - elements of the drawing room comedy are present, as well as the tendancy in farces to rely on the awkward entrance of just the wrong ch ...more
Feb 25, 2010 Raj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I've never read any Wodehouse, I was asking around and someone in the office said he had a couple and brought them in for me. This is the first that I've finished. Eggs, Beans and Crumpets is a collection of nine short stories, mostly featuring some of Wodehouse's recurring characters (Bingo Little, Mr Mulliner and Ukridge are all present). Reading them in quick succession was actually a bit wearing after a while, particularly the Bingo Little stories, since they mostly followed the same f ...more
The Docta
Really good set of stories about some side characters who have stepped into the spotlight for a bit. I really do wish I had begun to read all of the Wodehouse novels and stories in order so the Jeeves and Wooster stories would have been in their rightful places among the rest.
Victoria Jackson
Actually 9/10. First stories Bingo Little, married to novelist Rosie Banks who is rich. He has to find ways of making money without asking her, such as betting on who has the ugliest baby, stealing and recovering Pekinese dogs. Clever plots
Dec 12, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fiction
A nice little collection of short stories, containing lots of gambling, and trying to get the girl, quite a few curates, and talk of putting things up the spout. Delightful, light reads, very funny in a few spots, and mildly amusing throughout the rest. I think the Ukridge tales contained the biggest laughs, though I was fond of the Bingo Little ones, too. Reading them all at once they do start to blur together a bit as most of them contain similar themes (I was telling my parents one of the plo ...more
Francis Pellow
Nov 28, 2015 Francis Pellow rated it really liked it
a very enjoyable collection of Wodehouse's comic short stories. The Bingo Little stories are all excellent but Ukridge is not such an easy character to love so those stories aren't such a highlight, although enjoyable in their own way.
Mark McTighe
Nov 15, 2015 Mark McTighe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eggs beans and crumpets is a laugh out loud kind of experience; short, sharp and wholesome..... Heartily recommend it.
Somewhat less charming than his usual - most stories revolved around touching folks for tenners.
Garry Marlton
Jul 13, 2015 Garry Marlton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have struggled when reading outside of Jeeves and Wooster, but this hit the mark, Brilliant.
One of my most favourite Wodehouse books.
May 03, 2016 kerrycat rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
More hilarity -and Uncle Fred, before the 'Uncle'. He has really grown on me - I'm quite fond of him.
Dec 06, 2012 Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eggs, Beans and Crumpets is a collection of nine short stories, that mine a rich vein of humour through intricate wordplay, finely drawn farcical plots and character asides. The Bingo Little stories, four out of the nine, in particular are really funny with some brilliantly memorable prose. I have not read any other Wodehouse works, so I cannot say how this collection stacks up against his novels, however this collection certainly makes me want to dive in and check out some of the more well know ...more
Can't stand Ukridge, rubs me the wrong way every time
May 21, 2014 ideallaedi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mainly about Bingo, a few about Freddie and some about Stanley Ukridge
Mar 07, 2010 Phair rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Nowhere near as much fun as the Jeeves books, this collection of short stories about members of the Gentlemen's Club was OK. Some of the stories were a tad boring or even predictable but the wonderful Jonathan Cecil as reader made up for it. As always his amazing array of accents and voices made it a delightful listen and Wodehouse' ability to turn a droll phrase still elicited frequent smiles and chuckles.
Mar 10, 2008 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-japan
Another short stories compilation, ideal for those long boring middle school days where you have no classes so you sit at your desk at read. I must say that it definitely did the trick on those boring days, total slapstick at some points. Overall hilarious, it was not. Overall amusing, it was. Perhaps it's because I lack the British funny bone, but I would give it a chuckle versus, say, a guffaw.
Sep 29, 2010 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another nigh perfect collection of short stories from Wodehouse.
The title is slightly misleading (or completely baffling if you've never read any Wodehouse before) as they are not all Drones club stories, only the first four (of nine) which all star Bingo Little are. Of the rest we get three Ukridge's a Mulliner and Wodehouse's one and only Freddie Fitch-Fitch story.
Jan 31, 2013 Amrith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Littles, Mulliners and the Ukridges come together, interspersed with millionaires in the form of Oofys to make a delightful collection of breezy reads. It might be the doom and gloom for the never-flustered Ukridge but somehow Bingo's unbelievable luck seems to finish in sunshine, even if his horses never seem to finish at all.
Jan 22, 2012 Somdutta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans
This collection contains the situations in which Bingo Little and Ukridge fall into. Both of them run short on the financial front and are looking for ways to get a fiver or a tenner from a close friend or an acquaintance. A delightful collection of such adventures which is bound to amuse a reader who enjoys god humour.
Jos Brussel
Apr 22, 2013 Jos Brussel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of my favorite Wodehouse reads have been his short stories and this collection has a couple of great ones. I've never been a big fan of Ukridge but I really enjoyed the ones listed here: Buttercup Day, A Bit of Luck for Mabel and The Old Stepper. It makes you almost feel sorry for the poor chap!
Madeeha Maqbool
Aug 09, 2011 Madeeha Maqbool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bingo Little has become one of my favourite Wodehouse characters. I tried to read the first story aloud to my sister but I was laughing too hard. She had to read it herself and was as enamoured of him as I am. He's turned out to be one of the best things we share.
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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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