If Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge had a fiver for every dodgy scheme he had ever floated, he would be a very 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 literatures most delightful chancer and one of Wodehouses greatest comic creations: charming, ambitious, persuasive, optimistic, and almost always disastrous.
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Laddie, write my biography. Bung it down on paper. Thus spake Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge to his long suffering friend Corky Corcoran, whose literary efforts to date have consisted of weekly newspaper articles and a single music hall song.From the Back Cover:
Money makes the world go round for Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge – and when there isn’t enough of it, the world just has to spin a bit faster. Ever on the lookout for a quick buck, a solid gold fortune, or at least a plausible little scrounge, the irrepressible Ukridge gives con men a bad name. Looking like an animated blob of mustard in his bright yellow raincoat, he invests time, passion and energy (but seldom actual cash) in a series of increasingly bizarre money-making schemes. Finance for a dog college? It’s yours. Shares in an accident syndicate? Easily arranged. Promoting a kind-hearted heavyweight boxer? A snip.
Poor Corky Corcoran, Ukridge’s old school chum and confidant, trails through these pages in the ebullient wake of Wodehouse’s most disreputable but endearing hero and hopes to escape with his shirt at least.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091701406