3 comments on “An Embuggerance

  1. It is such a shame. One of the best writers in English alive today – witty, educated, even learned when he wants to be, clever, inventive and intelligent.

    Of course he will never ever win any awards. But then let’s just be thankful no nice Germans have asked him to make a few broadcasts from an internment camp.

  2. You don’t mean that notorious American citizen William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) by any chance? If I recall correctly, his most famous work of fiction was obtaining a British passport.

  3. Well no, of course I mean P. G. Wodehouse.

    A reasonable comparison I think (except for the German bit). Wodehouse too wrote books that are funny, intelligent and despised by most British intellectuals. Well ignored anyway. Yet is there any doubt that he will be remembered as one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century? Now Terry Pratchett is not that good, at least I don’t think so, but I would certainly argue he is the best writer of fiction in English still living. What’s the competition? Salman Rushdie? J K Rowling? Anyone who has won a Booker prize?

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