That's odd- I bought that book when it first came out (in the 80s?) and enjoyed it. Its now had 'sudden' success due to Hughs worldwide fame post-House! I understand the book has now been a huge success in France
Ironically I found it on Amazon for my kindle while looking for books on John Boyd. I didn't realize that Laurie had written any novels. Apparently this was his first. There is also a short interview with him in which he references P.G. Wodehouse as the "finest and funniest writer I have ever read."
He also recommends Kyril Bonfigliolo, with whom I am not familiar but according to Wikipedia, "Bonfiglioli's style and novel structure have often been favorably compared to that of P. G. Wodehouse. Mortdecai and his manservant Jock Strapp bear a fun-house mirror relation to Wodehouse's Wooster and Jeeves. The author makes a nod to this comparison by having Mortdecai reference Wodehouse in the novels." I guess I will have to find some of his work now.
Larry Correia's Hard Magic: Book 1 of The Grimnoir Chronicles. LC just had a book-signing here in Seattle, so my copy is personally inscribed with a cryptic reference to a project we've been working together... (well, me working, him advising and guiding)
Just finished The Perfect Nazi by Martin Davidson. Martin is half Scottish, half German. His grandfather was in the SS during WW2. Fascinating account of how he discovered just how deep his grandfather was in the Nazi machinery. Chilling, too.
Just started Evelyn Waugh's "Sword of Honour" trilogy after giving up on Ewart Brooke's "Proud Waters". Waugh's take is (so far) a cynical and unsentimental take on WWII. Wouldn't expect anything else from him...
Churchill's Cigar by Stephen McGinty
An excellent history of the great man and his prolific useage of Cigars. It was my read while enjoying several good cigars.
Wine and War: The French, The Nazis. and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup
Especially interesting history of the survival of the French wine and champagne industry under occupation. Very interesting in dealing with collaboration and the legacy of Petain and Vichy. (Unfortunately no wine here to enjoy with this one.)
Finished At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon. Enjoyed it. The unmortified part of my personality wanted to tag it "an Episcopalian Mayberry," but Baptists and Presbyterians are alive and well in Mitford. Karon has an great ear for dialogue.