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Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

(Jeeves #13)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  8,368 ratings  ·  482 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by Everyman's Library (first published 1963)
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May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
One of the earlier books of the series The Code of the Woosters takes place in Totleigh Towers.
Totleigh Towers
Sufficient to say after Bertie Wooster was done with the place its inhabitants surely realized their lives were excellent provided our hero stays as far from them as possible. From his side Bertie was not too crazy about his experience either. So it was no wonder that when his pal 'Stinker' Pinker asked him to go there to help with one of his (and his fiancée) problems Bertie flatly refused.

However w
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, humor, wodehouses
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
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Can Bertie Wooster soothe the angry soul of a fiance forced into veganism?


Ok, if you're into Wodehouse's Jeeves series, Stiff Upper Lip is not to be missed. It's got all the same (or most of the same) characters as The Code of the Woosters and is almost as funny.


Now, I read listened to the stories out of order, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment. Which is one of the fantastic things about these books - you don't need to know anything about anything in the other books to enjoy everything in the
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You wouldn’t think it to look at him, because he’s small and shrimplike and never puts on weight, but Gussie loves food. Watching him tucking into his rations at the Drones, a tapeworm would raise its hat respectfully, knowing that it was in the presence of a master.”

3.5 stars. This isn’t top-shelf Wodehouse, but it’s still a fairly humorous, entertaining read, filled with all of the shenanigans, close shaves, and clever/silly wordplay that make these books so much fun. Jeeves, as usual, ma
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Gussie's engagement to Madeline is at the breaking point - and Bertie is justifiably worried, as the girl considers her him her spare tire, always waiting for her in the boot of the car: and to our intrepid hero, marriage to Madeline is a fate worse than death. So he has to rush in to patch up the quarrel. But this time it's even more difficult, as Madeline is forcing vegetarianism on Gussie. And to complicate matters, the would-be dictator Roderick Spode is waiting in the wings to tear the man ...more
Aug 25, 2014 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 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, literature
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
Vimal Thiagarajan
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first P.G Wodehouse read turned out to be such a hilarious, but also heartwarmingly candid, read. The plot is a goofy lark of the most deliciously sophisticated fashion as we follow Bertie Wooster on a ribald, mischievous brush with the quirky, irascible and uproariously loony residents of Totleigh Towers in a new series of misadventures and rescued just in the nick of time by his ever-loyal butler, the inimitable Jeeves and makes for an unexpectedly comically thrilling ride, replete with twi ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, 2017
Trouble at Totleigh Towers...

When told that Stiffy Byng requires his presence at Totleigh Towers to perform a little task for her, Bertie issues a strong nolle prosequi. This young menace to society, Stiffy, while undoubtedly easy on the eye, is well known for landing her friends in hot water up to their chins. Plus Totleigh Towers is the home of Sir Watkyn Bassett who, due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, is convinced that Bertie is a habitual thief. Only Jeeves' brilliance in the past has p
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
In Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, we find Wodehouse in mid-season form, even though he wrote it near the end of his life, past the ripe old age of eighty. Which makes it all the more tongue-in-cheek, if that's the expression I want, that the novel ends with a comment about the butler Mr. Butterfield, who is apparently courting a widowed lady in the village, a state of affairs that surprises Wooster:
"'But surely he was a hundred and four last birthday?'
'He is well stricken in years, sir, but neverthele
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
More rip-roaring adventures of Jeeeves and Wooster that makes tea snort from ones nose.

Pip, pip.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, just perfect. The language, the plot, the execution, the reading. So much fun to listen to. Do listen. American accents aren't conducive to getting the juice out of this by reading.

Now I know where the phrase "blot on the landscape" came from, and how it became the title of a comedy series starring David Suchet and Penelope Keith back in the forever ago.

Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, humour
Bertie Wooster gets into more scrapes and Jeeves has to get him out of them. Great fun.
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Pamela Shropshire
Bertie is coerced (if that’s the word I want) into returning to the country home of his long-time Nemesis, Sir Watkyn Bassett of Totleigh Towers. Also present are Sir W.’s daughter, Madeline “Stars-are-God’s-daisy-chain” Bassett and her fiancé Gussie Fink-Nottle, champion of newts; Miss Stephanie Byng , niece of Sir W., and her fiancé-curate-wannabe-vicar Harold “Stinker” Pinker; Lord Sidcup, formerly Roderick (“Adolf”) Spode; and a certain statuette.

If I tell you that Bertie was actually reliev
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
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, audiobooks, humor
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. ...more
Perhaps not as perfect as the best parts of the series but almost as good, and I love to listen to Jonathan Cecil in the role of Bertie and Jeeves.
Sandy Maguire
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun read! I haven't ready any of the other Jeeves books, but this was a great and very articulate romp.
Funny, but I really need Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry to read this to me.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The problem with listening to the audio is that you can't go back and re-read the funny lines - or read them to your spouse.
So much fun!
David Ranney
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
"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 personne
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bertie and Jeeves never fail in making me smile. Love the English humor.
Perry Whitford
May 01, 2016 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 proves to be the mot juste, as Jeeves would no doubt term it, when it comes to capturing his feelings about Totleigh Towers.

How better to describe the home of the fearsome ex-magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett, his drippy daughter Madeline, the high-spirited Miss Stiffy Bi
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
A good book. Funny on general. But somewhat predictable. Recommend for Jeeves Fans
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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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