P.G. Wodehouse

The telltale signs your child is texting about Jeeves and Wooster

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You’ll be relieved to learn my penguin is back. ‘How long was it gone?’ you ask. About six months. ‘And…

From Jeeves to Johnson: language and literary references in Boris’s speech

24 February 2018 9:00 am

In Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, Bertie is moved to reward his inestimable valet for solving the unsolvable. Before requesting the…

American-English has conquered the world

24 June 2017 9:00 am

‘There is room for a very interesting work,’ Gibbon observed in a footnote, ‘which should lay open the connection between…

Mind your language: Goof

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Susie Dent has been trying to make us love Americanisms on Radio 4. Now Miss Dent knows far more about…

A storm brewing over Hill Hill Hill

The magic and strangeness of British placenames

4 February 2017 9:00 am

British placenames are so good you can read the map for entertainment rather than navigation. Hardington Mande-ville, Bradford Peverell, Carlton…

What the world looked like after my brain haemorrhage

28 May 2016 9:00 am

When your mind suddenly goes wonky, you may be the one person who doesn’t realise that there is something wrong…

Jeeves and a Man called The Donald

21 May 2016 9:00 am

A story about Bertie Wooster and a man called The Donald, with apologies to P.G. Wodehouse

The power of napping... how a daytime doze can boost memory and beat pain

7 May 2016 9:00 am

A daytime doze can boost memory and even overcome pain

‘Clean eating’ is a great word of the year… for 1906

21 November 2015 9:00 am

The word of the year, according to Collins, the dictionary people, is binge-watch. It means to watch DVDs consecutively or,…

The imitable Jeeves

2 November 2013 9:00 am

For as long as I can remember — I take neither pleasure nor pride in the admission — I have…

My dear old thing! Forget the nasty bits

26 October 2013 9:00 am

There can be a strong strain of self-parody in even the greatest commentators. When Henry Blofeld describes the progress of…

The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson, edited by Harry Mount - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

It’s just a guess, but I suspect that the mere sight of this book would make David Cameron gnash his…

The armoured cars of Leclerc’s division arrive at the Rue Guynemer on 25 August

Eleven Days in August, by Matthew Cobb - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

It is fair to assume that Professor Matthew Cobb has often been asked if he is related to Professor Richard…