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- Publisher: Sphere
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 34mm | 299g
- Publication date: 30 October 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0751539430
- ISBN 13: 9780751539431
- Sales rank: 66,941
It is 1895. Robert Wallis, would-be poet, bohemian and impoverished dandy, accepts a commission from coffee merchant Samuel Pinker to categorise the different tastes of coffee - and encounters Pinker's free-thinking daughters, Philomenia, Ada and Emily. As romance blossoms with Emily, Robert realises that the Muse and marriage may not be incompatible after all. Sent to Abyssinia to make his fortune in the coffee trade, he becomes obsessed with a negro slave girl, Fikre. He decides to use the money he has saved to buy her from her owner - a decision that will change not only his own life, but the lives of the three Pinker sisters ...
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Anthony Capella spends part of each year travelling in Italy. He is based in London and this is his third novel.
By Will Devlin 03 Jan 2011
I bought this book through "Book Dep" on the recommendation of a young fellow who had read and loved it. I felt the same way. The story line - if a little improbable in parts - kept pacing along retaining my long term interest. I kept seeing Stephen Fry as the male lead in this novel, despite his declared homosexuality, and I would love to see him play the role if thebook is ever screen-played. "Of course I'm going to speak nonsense - after all, it's the only theme in which I am an authority" is so Oscar Wilde-esque yet at the same time, so Stephen Fry. Back to the book, beautifully crafted, lovely language and some metaphorical twists (hence the title, I presume). Recommended reading for anyone who loves the history of London as well as Africa and coffee generally. I rate this book very highly.
An erotic, exotic story set at the turn of the 20th century, which builds upon Mr Capella's reputation as a writer of gourmet fiction ... [an] imaginative storyline and boldly descriptive prose Economist The surprising plot twists and authentic love story will make this a crowd-pleaser Publishers Weekly A fast-paced narrative propelled by Capella's masterful characterizations of his principals, Wallis and Emily Kirkus Review A fruity, full-bodied story Good Housekeeping