Author(s): Dornford Yates
These are some of Dornford Yates' early short stories featuring the comic Pleydell clan, and on publication proved just as successful and popular as Berry and Co. had been. They describe the chaotic journey of the young, well-to-do heroes as they cavort across France, and helped to establish Yates' reputation as a master of humorous fiction.
Dornford Yates is the pseudonym of Cecil William Mercer. As a consequence of education and experience, Yates' books feature the genteel life, a nostalgic glimpse at Edwardian decadence and a number of swindling solicitors. In his heyday and as a testament to the fine writing in his novels, Dornford Yates' work was placed in the bestseller list. Indeed, 'Berry' is one of the great comic creations of twentieth-century fiction, and 'Chandos' titles were successfully adapted for television.