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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    Rancid Pansies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Hamilton-Paterson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571238453
    ISBN 10: 0571238459
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    03 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    James Hamilton-Paterson's work has been translated into many languages. He is a highly acclaimed author of non-fiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and America's Boy. Gerontius, his first novel, won the Whitbread Award. He lives in Tuscany.
    Review quote
    ?Imagine a British John Waters crossed with David Sedaris.? ?"The New York Times Book Review" ?["Cooking with Fernet Branca"] is one of the best books I?ve read for a long time.? ?"The Wall Street Journal" ?Provokes the sort of indecorous involuntary laughter that has more in common with sneezing than chuckling.? ?"The New York Times" ?Hamilton-Paterson quickly seduces the reader with perfectly captured tone and timing.? ?"The New Yorker" ?Hamilton-Paterson, one of our finest prose stylists, is a national treasure; and Amazing Disgrace is a gorgeous plum pudding of a novel.? ?"The Spectator" ?There is so much pleasure to be had along the way from Hamilton-Paterson's delight in language and wicked way with unreliable narrators.? ?"Times Literary Supplement"