Blandings Castle is the setting for 14 of PG Wodehouse’s wonderfully entertaining novels, and Summer Lightning is the third novel to be set in this extraordinary setting. Wodehouse is loved for his ability to tell a story like no other with his unique sense of humour running through the heart of every book he ever wrote. Listeners don’t have to have paid a visit to the mixed bag of characters and the rambling hallways of this hereditary pile before to get a feel for the place. But with all of the Blandings Castle tales available on CD audiobooks and MP3 downloads, it’s a wonderful way to familiarise yourself with the comings and goings of one of Wodehouse’s best-loved literary locations.
In Summer Lightning, Blandings Castle is an unusually relaxed place as it basks in the warmth of the summer sun. The brother of the Earl of Emsworth, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, is visiting the castle as he excitedly pens his life in a journal that is filled to the brim with tales of a misspent life. However, his real life stories include naughty tales involving his friends that ensure a rush of panic sweeps through the castle, as even the most noble have fallen foul to the magnetism of Threepwood’s curiously mischievous lifestyle.
Perhaps the most sensational story to come from the journal is the kidnapping of Lord Emsworth’s best friend the Empress of Blandings – no, not a regal lady or dowager duchess, but his pet pig! Check out this CD audiobook for an example of Wodehouse at his comical best.