Bertie Wooster's arch-adversary, Roderick Spode, Earl of Sidcup, features heavily in this book.
Spode, as Bertie calls him, is a character we all love to hate.
Here is one of my favourite passages that always makes me laugh:-
'...Spode pivoted round and gave me a penetrating look. He had grown a bit, I noticed, since I had last seen him, being now about nine foot seven. ...I had compared him to a gorilla, and what I had had in mind had been the ordinary run-of-the-mill gorilla, not the large economy size'.
...'To ease the strain, I asked him if he would have a cucumber sandwich, but with an impassioned gesture he indicated that he was not in the market for cucumber sandwiches..."a muffin?"
No, not a muffin, either. He seemed to be on a diet.
Wodehouse's character, Spode, is believed to be modelled on the war-time fascist leader, Sir Oswald Mosley Bt.
The Mosleys had a connection with Staffordshire, the county where Spode pottery is made; hence the Spode name.
First published in March, 2009.