Love Among the Chickens, Hardback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is the tale of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, one of Wodehouse's favourite protagonists, and his fraught attempt to establish a business farming chickens on the coast of Dorset.

The story is told by Jeremy Garnet through whose bemused eyes we observe the magnificent Ukridge at work while following Garnet's own chequered romance with the daughter of a neighbouring professor.




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This novel features Ukridge, who gets his own self-titled book written about him over a decade later, yet the events here are set after those featured in the "Ukridge" tome.The main character, however, is Jerry Garnet; a small-time author of fiction. He's approached by Ukridge who persuades Jerry to accompany him on his latest get rich quick scheme, which is to run their own chicken farm.As neither they nor their third partner, Mrs Ukridge, have any knowledge whatsoever about keeping chickens it soon becomes clear that this money earner may not be as easy as first thought.Along the way Jerry falls in love at first sight with a girl he spots on a train. As luck would have it, she and her uncle move into a property close to the chicken farm. Jerry's main problem with wooing the young beauty is ensuring he does nothing to set off the uncle's quick temper. Needless to say, the old man blows his top more than once, presenting Jerry with challenges to get back in his good books so as to pave the way into the niece's life again.The first third of the book is written in third person, after which it's told in first person by Jerry, except the epilogue, which is formatted like a play!

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