Peter Washington

The Man and The Mask

Wodehouse: A Life

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ANYONE WHO SAW Carol Thatcher’s television interview with her father last year must have been impressed by the shrewdness Denis concealed under a bufferish exterior. His friend Bill Deedes has even suggested that he welcomed his portrayal as a silly ass in Private Eye because it distracted the press from probing his influence in Downing Street. Deedes’s suggestion came to mind while I was reading this new biography of P G Wodehouse.

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