The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce Paperback
by Paul Torday
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 ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/09/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780753823156
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Review by davidroche
Wine, wine and more wine. Can't go wrong. 2 out of 2 great books from Paul Torday.
Review by Goldengrove
I very much enjoyed this novel, despite its rather hopeless and self-deluding central character. His wilful rejection of any attempts to bring him to an appreciation of the truth of his situation is gradually and skilfully revealed, with so much pity that it is as impossible for the reader to apportion blame as it is for the protagonist to accept it. I shall certainly be reading this again.
Review by readingwithtea
abandoned after about 70 pages. I picked this up because I loved Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, but this is the story of an alcoholic, from the perspective of said alcoholic, who inherits a truly absurd quantity of high quality wine. Being a non-drinker, this didn't speak to me at all! And I found it deeply frustrating. That said, I suspect wine connoisseurs might find it quite funny.