Cooking with Fernet Branca

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Europa Editions, 2005 - Fiction - 281 pages
122 Reviews
A playful book, full of fun and games. There is so much pleasure to be had from Hamilton-Paterson's delight in language and wicked way with unreliable narrators. . . . The book's effect is achieved almost entirely through the comic magnetism of a single character.-The Times Literary Supplement A skillful, highly original writer. . . . The elegant language, witty asides and vivid observations are memorable.-The Literary Review I'm bowled over by the sheer imaginative brilliance of the man.-Barry Humphries I love his elegant and intensely evocative style: strangeness lifts off his pages like a rare perfume.-J.G. Ballard A work of comic genius.-The Independent A wonderfully rich alloy of sub-Wildean witticisms and nonsense, Cooking with Fernet Branca had me laughing out loud and uproariously.-Ian Thomson, Sunday Telegraph Gerald Samper, an effete English snob, has his own private hilltop in Tuscany, where he wiles away his time working as a ghostwriter for celebrities and inventing wholly original culinary concoctions-including ice cream made with garlic and the bitter, herb-based liqueur of the book's title. Gerald's idyll is shattered by the arrival of Marta, on the run from a crime-riddled former soviet republic. A series of hilarious misunderstandings brings this odd couple into ever closer and more disastrous proximity. James Hamilton-Paterson's first novel, Gerontius, won the Whitbread Award. He is an acclaimed author of nonfiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down, and Playing with Water, He currently lives in Italy.

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Great language and writing, not a story that moved me. - Goodreads
He is a curmudgeon And connoisseur of wretched recipes. - Goodreads
The plot is bizarre and entertaining. - Goodreads
The best part of the book is the recipes. - Goodreads
Told in alternating voices, the plot soars hilariously. - Goodreads
This writer is one of those. - Goodreads

Review: Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper #1)

User Review  - David Whittlestone - Goodreads

A brilliant read. The first of a trilogy which gets better and better. Written with wit and assumed sophistication, this is a very funny book set as an Englishman living in Italy. The prose is excellent, making it a very easy book to read. I instantly downloaded the next two. Read full review

Review: Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper #1)

User Review  - Gurldoggie - Goodreads

Very funny and nasty. A great send up of those supposed travelogues in which open-minded Americans or sensitive Englishmen enjoy themselves far too much in foreign countrysides. The plot is hardly ... Read full review

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James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of the bestselling "Empire of the Clouds", which was hailed as a classic account of the golden age of British aviation. He won a Whitbread Prize for his first novel, "Gerontius", and among his many other celebrated books are "Seven-Tenth"s, one of the finest books written in recent times about the oceans, the satirical trilogy that began with "Cooking with Fernet Branca", and the autobiographical" Playing With Water". Born and educated in England, he has lived in the Philippines and Italy and now makes his home in Austria.

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