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The life and times of Gerald Samper, aesthete and ghostwriter to the terminally stupid

The life and times of Gerald Samper, aesthete and ghostwriter to the terminally stupid

It was a few years ago, browsing through the local library that I found myself leafing through a book by James Hamilton-Paterson entitled ‘Cooking With Fernet Branca‘.  I hadn’t heard of James Hamilton-Paterson, had no idea what (or who) Fernet Branca was, and didn’t understand why I would be looking at a supposed cookery book.  I now know it wasn’t a cookery book; well, not cookery in the more familiar sense of the menu.  I also know what Fernet Branca is, and I also know quite a bit more about James Hamilton-Paterson.  If you’ve not come across the book, and if you have a sense of humour that can accommodate satire, farce and wit, then this is for you, especially if you appreciate poking fun at the stereotypical English snobs.  And if it works for you, there are two more books in the series,  ‘Amazing Disgrace‘ and ‘Rancid Pansies‘; and you should read them in the correct order.  I’m on Fernet Branca for about the third time!

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