The new paperback from the bestselling author of the Richard & Judy selected SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN
Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, and work-obsessed - makes a detour on his way home to the vast undercroft of Caerlyon Hall, and the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely. Through Francis, Wilberforce is initiated into a life rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where, through his new set of friends, the possibility of finding acceptance, and even falling in love, seems finally to be within his reach. Wilberforce becomes a willing pupil to Francis, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn the undercroft's unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price ...
Wilberforce...is good fictional company and the narrative voice Torday gives him...provides an astringently comic note SUNDAY TIMES This compulsive study of addiction proves Torday's mastery of the dark, as well as the light, realms of fiction TIMES a human story of real poignancy SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Torday, as he demonstrated in his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is an extravagantly gifted writer MAIL ON SUNDAY it becomes darker and more poignant with each eagerly turned page BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH Unusual and intriguing, this 'Novel in Four Vintages' is a story of passion and addiction, identity and the desire to belong GOOD BOOK GUIDE
Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in engineering and in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 25 countries. He is married with two sons by a previous marriage and has two stepsons and lives close to the River North Tyne.
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