The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

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Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, work-obsessed and self-contained - makes an unexpected detour on the way home from the software company he owns and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life. His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the door of Caerlyon Hall, the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely. Through Francis, the eccentric and enigmatic owner of Caerlyon, Wilberforce is initiated into a rich life he could never have imagined, becomes a willing pupil to Francis's master, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for fine wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn that the undercroft holds some unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 125 x 142 x 23mm | 201g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752891065
  • 9780752891064
  • 2,157,503

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'This story begins at the end with the thirtysomething Wilberforce an alcoholic ... and ends at the beginningm with him on a pinnacle of rosy promise ... the narration makes the whole more gripping than on the page.' Observer 'Paul Torday follows up the light satirical humour of last year's SALMON FISHING with this poignant tale of alcoholism.' FT Magazine 'It is a fable, a lingering, haunting morality tale about addiction, snobbery and a kind of desperate, furious love.' -- Sue Gaisford INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYshow more

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is married with two sons by a previous marriage and has two stepsons. He has spent most of his life in industry, but in the last three years has found the time to write. For the last fifteen years he has also been a keen salmon fisherman, and as he lives close to the River North Tyne. David Rintoul has played leading parts with most of the major British theatre companies. Many television appearances include Darcy in the first BBC Pride and Prejudice. He frequently appears on radio and has recorded over a hundred audio books. At the time of recording he was playing Dr Jake Houseman in the original London cast of the smash-hit musical Dirty Dancing.show more

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