The Wedding Officer

The Wedding Officer

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Naive and already war-weary, James Gouding takes up a position in Naples in 1943. What he doesn't anticipate is that this involves a limited menu of fried Spam fritters and interrogating the would-be Italian fiancees of members of the armed forces. James's chance at true heroism arrives when a German tank is sighted and he is caught in its path. However, it is the imperious and dogmatic Livia who opens the hatch and yells at him to stop being such an idiot. Livia gladly becomes cook, translator and general factotum to James. The two begin to fall in love, but the eruption of Vesuvius triggers a chain of explosive events that will force the two to flee behind enemy lines and will alter their lives immeasurably.

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 34mm | 598.75g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • 0316730947
  • 9780316730945

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'Full of the same colour and verve as Capella's THE FOOD OF LOVE, this story also blends romance with gourmet delights' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'THE WEDDING OFFICER resembles a cross between CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN and CHOCOLAT, while remaining a charming and powerful fiction in its own right' Michael Arditti 'This is an engaging tale. It brims with fascinating historical detail, an infectious enthusiasm for southern Italy and its cuisine and is an undemanding and sympathetic love story' SUNDAY TIMES 'Spicy, funny, delicious and sexy, this is the perfect holiday book' EVENING HERALD 'This Neapolitan romance rumbles with erotic expectation . . . A deftly composed slice of gastro-escapism' INDEPENDENT 'This is one of those unashamedly feel-good stories that begs to be read in the sun...' THE TIMES 'Capella's lightness of touch...conjures comedy set-ups with the delightful anticipation and resolution of any Marx Brothers classic.' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'Idiosyncratic tale well told.' DAILY IRELAND 'Lust and luscious food in wartime Naples . . . I was gripped' Kate Harrison, Red magazine

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About Anthony Capella

Anthony Capella spends part of each year travelling in Italy. He is based in London and this is his second novel.

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