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The Irresistible Inheritance Of Wilberforce

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780753823156

Price: £9.99

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From the bestselling author of the Richard & Judy selected SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN.

‘Exceptionally accomplished … a near masterpiece’ DAILY EXPRESS

‘Heart-wrenching … a mesmerising page-turner’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Delightfully written…Paul Torday is a remarkably original novelist’ EVENING STANDARD

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 …

Reviews

Grows more and more poignant as the novel progresses.. satisfyingly full-bodied and slips down a treat
SUNDAY TIMES
Remarkably, given the bleakness of both subject and hero, it is an incredibly good read
DAILY TELEGRAPH
What makes us want to find out about Wilberforce is Torday's wonderful prose - the same simple, clear writing that made Salmon Fishing so readable
FINANCIAL TIMES
Exceptionally accomplished.. second novels are notoriously difficult to pull off but Torday has managed a near masterpiece
DAILY EXPRESS
He has a good feeling for character and a sly sense of humour
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
A well-told tale...Torday wryly observes Wilberforce's descent
THE TIMES
The whole book is delightfully written...Paul Torday is a remarkably original novelist
EVENING STANDARD
Telling the story back-to-front allows Torday to highlight Wilberforce's self-delusion; he's that familiar figure, the alcoholic who pretends that he's merely a connoisseur
GUARDIAN
Torday's confidence in his story's power to command attention is not misplaced...Wilberforce is well worth sampling
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
A heart-wrenching tale of alcoholism and a lonely man's search for identity...a mesmerising page-turner
MAIL ON SUNDAY
[The plot] provides Torday with copious opportunities for comedy, which he readily exploits. But there is a serious undertone
TIME OUT
Slips down a treat
THE WEEK