The Chicken and the Prickly Pear: An Email Novel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
In an English writers’ forum, a German anglophile happens upon the brilliant ramblings of a misanthropic American. Despite his prickly nature she manages to chip away at his walls until they decide to pursue their peculiar relationship offline. However, what seemed perfect on screen does not work as easily in the real world. Will their foundation prove to be too unsound after all? More

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About Cleo Wodehouse

I'm a self-diagnosed translingual - I wasn't born in the wrong body but in the wrong language :) German is my mother tongue but I surround myself with as much English as possible.

I have a soft spot for flawed characters and happy endings, and I always strive to infuse my stories with my love for language as well. Each of my stories contains my own pain, flaws and experiences.

In case you'd like to reach me, send an email to I'd love to hear from you.

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Review by: Uyi Osifo on July 10, 2018 :
The Chicken and the Prickly Pear By Cleo Wodehouse is a romance story about Antonia and Philip who both live in modern day Germany and have a mutual love for and above average (to put it mildly) comprehension and command of the English language.

This book is quite engaging and the vocabulary is exceptional throughout. I found myself creating a quote library, as a result. Also, I could relate in some ways to the Philip, and that challenged me. Cleo's writing style of having all of the book be based on email and chats is quite different for me and I had to keep up with who was sending what message, when. In all, I liked the book a lot.
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Review by: cjh1987c on May 4, 2018 :
It is rare indeed to find a wordsmith with the ability to expertly wield the sword known as the pen. It was actually refreshing to consult a dictionary for new treasures to add to my vocabulary storage chest. My favorite new gem is "pescetarian" because is looks wonderful in print and sounds delicious to the ear. I have thoroughly enjoyed this very well crafted story for both its fine turn of an English language phrase and its characters so well developed and genuine. It also feeds my sense of romanticism and leaves me feeling better for having read it. Bravo!
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