The Code of the Woosters is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published on 7 October 1938, in the United Kingdom by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United States by Doubleday, Doran, New York. It was serialised in The Saturday Evening Post (US) from 16 July to 3 September 1938 and in the London Daily Mail from 14 September to 6 October 1938.
The Code of the Woosters is the third full-length novel to feature two of Wodehouse's best-known creations, Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. It introduces Sir Watkyn Bassett, the owner of a country house called Totleigh Towers where the story takes place, and his intimidating friend Roderick Spode. It is also a sequel to Right Ho, Jeeves, continuing the story of Bertie's newt-fancying friend Gussie Fink-Nottle and Gussie's droopy and overly sentimental fiancée, Madeline Bassett.
Bertie and Jeeves return to Totleigh Towers in a later novel, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves.
Given the scrupulous care Wodehouse gave to plotting his hilarious screwball farces, and the unique narrative voice of his hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, the very notion of an abridged recording of one of his best books will offend purists. But that publishing choice aside, Martin Jarvis a veteran narrator for this author is once again outstanding in conveying all the elements that make Wodehouse one of the most memorable writers in all of English literature. Wooster, a well-meaning but clueless member of the British upper class, is once again roped into another harebrained scheme, this time by his Aunt Dahlia. Her deceptively simple request that he go into an antique shop and "sneer at a cow-creamer" proves anything but, and listeners will be captivated by the ensuing complications. The rich source material is more than done justice by Jarvis, who lends pitch-perfect, distinct voices to Wooster, Aunt Dahlia, and the omnipotent gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves, who can always be relied upon to extricate Wooster from any mess in which he finds himself stuck.