Rancid pansies

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Faber and Faber, Jul 29, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The hero of this black farce of a book is Gerald Samper, a ghostwriter to unbearable sports celebrities and rock stars, whose dream is to write the libretto of an opera. After an unsuccessful sojourn in Suffolk that ends in the accidental death of an ancient aristocrat, Gerry returns to Tuscany to the site of his collapsed house, now a place of pilgrimage after the strange apparition of a deceased English princess with great legs. A sinister estate agent smells a chance to make serious money, and Gerry is persuaded to go along with the scam in return for certain favours. Meanwhile, Gerry is motivated to collaborate on an opera about the life of Princess Diana, the not-quite-saint who has inspired such strange devotion. The premiere will be the high point of his life, though not quite in the way he imagines . . .

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Review: Rancid Pansies (Gerald Samper #3)

User Review  - William - Goodreads

Rancid Pansies is the third book in the Gerald Samper trilogy, and I hope to Princess Diana that it won't continue on into a fourth book. It's clear that James Hamilton-Patterson (just think how many ... Read full review

Review: Rancid Pansies (Gerald Samper #3)

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

This book featured a return to the alternating narrators format of Cooking with Fernet Branca, although instead of giving equal time to Gerry and Marta, Rancid Pansies was a story told by Gerry with ... Read full review


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