A witty satire of Edwardian mores - think Evelyn Waugh with a touch of slapstick.
Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman and the inheritor of his fortune. Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles desperately to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society. But as he soon discovers, becoming a ,true gentleman' is neither as easy nor as desirable as it at first appears...
You can enjoy the novel as a jolly yarn about faux pas - there's a bit of Kipps in most of us - but you also sense that Wells found its theme a little close to the bone . . . As social inequality threatens to rise, it's hard not to wonder - despite the happy ending - if Kipps belongs to Britain's future as well as its past - GUARDIAN
A Dickensian comedy about one ordinary man's struggle for self-improvement - GUARDIAN
The novel combines rich comedy and biting social criticism with Dickensian verve - GUARDIAN