Ukridge, Hardback
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If Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge had a fiver for every dodgy scheme he has ever floated, he would be a rich man indeed.

In these ten stories he tries every way of making money, from writing political slogans to opening a college for dogs.

In his own eyes, Ukridge is a Great Man and a Visionary.

In ours, he is English literature's most delightful chancer and one of Wodehouse's greatest comic creations: charming, ambitious, persuasive, optimistic and almost always disastrous.

Sometimes supported by his rich Aunt Julia - but more often expelled from her house for his sins - he moves through the landscape in his eternal yellow mackintosh, dreaming of riches and borrowing shillings, an innocent abroad in a hostile world.

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Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge (pronounced Fanshawe You-kridge) is a chancer and con man, a sort of upper class Arthur Daly with an eye for a quick buck. This set of linked short stories is narrated by James "Corky" Corcoran, a loyal friend of Ukridge's who always ropes him in to his hare-brained schemes, and steals his clothes whenever he calls and finds him out.I've come across Ukridge in <i>Eggs, Beans and Crumpets</i>, he isn't a very appealing Wodehouse character for me, but the stories are full of all the usual Wodehouse genius and invention and I enjoyed reading them.

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