Cocktail Time

By P.G. Wodehouse

Lord Ickenham is a Wodehouse character who can be counted upon to spread a bit of lightness around whenever he can escape from the stranglehold of his wife to the vast wildernesses of London.

  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • Title: Cocktail Time
  • Pages: 222
  • Published: 1987 (1958)
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0-14-008505-x

And by potting a particular fine topper with a brazil nut, Lord Ickenham, the antithesis of woolly Emsworth, starts a chain of events that includes the writing of a scandalous novel, several marriages, crime and general excitement. A notable book, not in the least because it presents a candid insight in the process of writing a novel (summary: it’s hard work), and publishing a novel (summary: it’s not hard work).

Anyway, head to for a full list of dramatis personae and a plot summary.