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This article is about the novella. For the film, see Chicken Feed. For the defunct retail chain, see Chickenfeed (retail chain). For food for chickens, see poultry feed.
Author Minette Walters
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Crime / Mystery novel
Publisher Pan Books
Publication date
3 March 2006
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback) & Audio CD
Pages 128 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN 0-330-44031-4
OCLC 62475040
Preceded by The Devil's Feather
Followed by The Chameleon's Shadow

Chickenfeed (2006) is a crime novella by English writer Minette Walters, published as part of the "Quick Reads", designed to promote literacy through short, simply written and fast moving stories.


Based on the real life case of Elsie Cameron, a pregnant woman supposedly killed by her boyfriend, chicken farmer Norman Thorne, who was hanged for the murder in 1924, Walters re-creates the events leading up to the crime and writes from the perspective of both Elsie and Norman, as their relationship slowly turns sour and Norman yearns to be free from his former lover.[1]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 

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