The Gold Bat

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The Gold Bat
First edition
Author P. G. Wodehouse
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Adam & Charles Black
Publication date
13 September 1904
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)

The Gold Bat is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published on 13 September 1904[1] by Adam & Charles Black, London. Set at the fictional public school of Wrykyn, the novel tells of how two boys, O'Hara and Moriarty, tar and feather a statue of the local M.P. as a prank.

They get away with it, but O'Hara had borrowed a tiny gold cricket bat belonging to Trevor, the captain of the cricket team. After the prank, the boys discover that the trinket is missing. Schoolboy honour is at stake as Trevor and his friends conceal the loss of the gold bat until, through a stroke of luck, they find it. The novel deals with events during that term, including inter-house rugby matches and the dastardly actions of a mysterious society called "the League".

Wrykyn School appears again in The White Feather (1907) and as the setting of the first half of Mike (1909). It is also mentioned occasionally in later Wodehouse works.


  1. ^ McIlvaine, E., Sherby, L.S. and Heineman, J.H. (1990) P.G. Wodehouse: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Checklist. New York: James H. Heineman, p. 13. ISBN 087008125X

External links

  • The Russian Wodehouse Society's page, with photos of book covers and list of characters.
  • Free eBook of The Gold Bat at Project Gutenberg

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