Amazing Disgrace

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Penguin Group USA, 2006 - Fiction - 332 pages
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In this sequel to the popular Cooking with Fernet Branca, Gerald Samper is back on his Tuscan hilltop and busily musing on the absurdities of modern life. His entertaining asides - on everything from publishing to penile implants, celebrity sportswomen to Australian media moguls - and his eccentric recipes form the comic heart of this literary romp. Marta, Gerald's nemesis in Cooking with Fernet Branca, is back, along with her penchant for the eponymous potent liquor and her talent for shattering Gerald's evening idylls. But she's not alone: Amazing Disgrace touts a cavalcade of memorable characters, including a foul-mouthed, one-armed yachtswoman, and sees Gerald jettisoned from his Tuscan hideaway into the trendy haunts of his native London.

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User Review  - SalemAthenaeum - LibraryThing

James Hamilton-Paterson gives us this hilarious sequel to the popular Cooking with Fernet Branca. Gerald Samper is back on his Tuscan hilltop finding new ways to entertain himself. Gerald's nemesis ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A British satirical novel skewers celebrity autobiographies, environmental activism and the idyllic life in Tuscany.Introduced previously, in Cooking with Fernet Branca (2004), Gerald Samper returns ... Read full review

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James Hamilton-Paterson lives and works in Italy. He is the author of several novels, including Loving Monsters and Gerontius, winner of the Whitbread Best First Novel Award in 1989, a collection of essays dedicated to the lost grandeur of the sea entitled Seven-Tenths, and several non-fiction books including Americas Boy, a study of Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines. He is also the author of two books of poetry and a regular contributor to Granta. He has also published Cooking With Fernet Branca.

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