The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

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From the bestselling author of the Richard & Judy selected SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. Late one summer evening, Wilberforce - rich, young, and work-obsessed - makes a detour on his way home to the vast undercroft of Caerlyon Hall, and the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely. Through Francis, Wilberforce is initiated into a life rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where, through his new set of friends, the possibility of finding acceptance, and even falling in love, seems finally to be within his reach. Wilberforce becomes a willing pupil to Francis, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for wine. But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn the undercroft's unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price ...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0753823152
  • 9780753823156
  • 103,984

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"Wilberforce...is good fictional company and the narrative voice Torday gives him...provides an astringently comic note" SUNDAY TIMES "This compulsive study of addiction proves Torday's mastery of the dark, as well as the light, realms of fiction" TIMES "a human story of real poignancy" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Torday, as he demonstrated in his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is an extravagantly gifted writer" MAIL ON SUNDAY "it becomes darker and more poignant with each eagerly turned page" BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH "Unusual and intriguing, this 'Novel in Four Vintages' is a story of passion and addiction, identity and the desire to belong" GOOD BOOK GUIDEshow more

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday burst on to the literary scene in 2007 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate international bestseller that has been translated into 28 languages and has been made into a film starring Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt. His subsequent novels, THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE, THE GIRL ON THE LANDING, THE HOPELESS LIFE OF CHARLIE SUMMERS, MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY, THE LEGACY OF HARTLEPOOL HALL and LIGHT SHINING IN THE FOREST, were all published to great critical acclaim. He was married with two sons by a previous marriage, had two stepsons, and lived close to the River North Tyne. He died at home in December 2013.show more

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Meet Wilberforce. He's a man so devited to his work that he can barely remember a time when he cared for anything else. But one summer evening he finds himself exploring a strange road . . . a road which leads him to a world he could never have imagined: rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where the possibility of falling in love seems finally to be within reach. Wilberforce's life now centres around the ramshackle Caerlyon Hall and a bewitching group of friends. As his horizons broaden and his heart expands, Wilberforce nurtures a new-found passion for fine wine. But he will discover that Caerlyon holds some unpalatable secrets and that passion comes at a price. Even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste . . . 'Grows more and more pognant as the novel progresses . . . satisfyingly full-bodied and slips down a treat' SUNDAY TIMES 'The whole books is delightfully written . . . Pau lTorday is a remarkable original novelist' EVENING STANDARDshow more

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'An incredibly good read' DAILY TELEGRAPH The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce Paul Torday Author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemenshow more

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