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Simon Wroe - Author

About the Author

Simon Wroe is a freelance journalist and former chef. He writes about food for Prospect magazine, art and culture for The Economist and has contributed articles and features to a wide range of publications including Private Eye, Intelligent Life, The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Evening Standard. Simon is 30 and lives in London. This is his first novel.

Featured books by Simon Wroe

Chop Chop

Chop Chop

Author: Simon Wroe Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. This book was nominated for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award. Outrageously funny and completely original, Chop Chop by Simon Wroe is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine. A greasy, hilarious tale of loyalty, revenge and dark appetites. A gripping look behind the kitchen wall. (Shortlist). Two months behind on his rent, young graduate Monocle swallows his dreams and takes the only job he can find: the lowest-rung chef in a gastropub in Camden. Here he finds himself surrounded by a group of deranged hoodlums (his co-workers) and at the mercy of an ingenious sadist (the head chef, Bob). What follows is a furiously-paced, ribald, raucous and unexpectedly touching tale of loyalty and revenge, dark appetites and fading dreams, and a young man finding his way in the world as he is plunged into the fat and the frying pan and everything else besides. Perfectly baked [with] a rich, gooey pool of dark comedy hiding beneath the surface. (Independent). Lively, amusing and alarmingly informative. (Daily Mail). Arch comedy ...Dave Eggers channels Anthony Bourdain. (Kirkus). Twisted, surprising and above all genuinely funny. (William Sutcliffe). Raucous and inventive, peopled with technicolour characters and savagely funny. (A D Miller). A complete page-turner. Reminiscent of Kitchen Confidential but with an entirely fresh voice. (Thomasina Miers). A brutally funny look at the world of professional cooking. (Gary Shteyngart). Furiously funny, fast, surreal. (Anya von Bremzen). Simon Wroe is a former chef who writes about food and culture for Prospect and the Economist, and has contributed to a wide range of publications including The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Evening Standard. In 2014 Chop Chop was nominated for the Costa First Novel Award. Simon Wroe is 30 and lives in London.

Other books by Simon Wroe

Here Comes Trouble Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Here Comes Trouble Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Author: Simon Wroe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Welcome to Kyrzbekistan, winner of Most Corrupt Country 2011 and 2012. A place where anyone can be happy - as long they aren't poor, ill, foreign, a pedestrian, or in any way interested in the truth. A country that takes fake news and false promises to new levels. Expelled from school, Ellis Dau has been forced to help his father out at the Chronicle, the last bastion of free speech in this strange world. But when the country's power supply fails and dark voices threaten the Chronicle's future, Ellis finds himself in an unlikely fight for freedom. 'I loved this rollercoaster of a ride into a corrupt, fictitious country that feels only too hideously real' Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Here Comes Trouble Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Here Comes Trouble Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Author: Simon Wroe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2017

A STORY FOR OUR TROUBLED TIMES 'Nineteen Eighty-Four crossed with Adrian Mole' Daily Mail 'Scarily prophetic about news, freedom and truth' Antonia Hodgson Ellis Dau dreams of the West. But he is growing up in Kyrzbekistan, a secretive nation where revolution barely makes the news. A country where the newspapers peddle outright lies, and larger-than-life characters make promises they can't keep. Following his expulsion from school, Ellis is sent to work with his father. His father is editor of The Chronicle, the last bastion of free speech in their strange, strange land. And it is under threat. As Ellis navigates his collapsing, blacked-out city - and his feelings for the local oligarch's daughter - he realises that some things are worth fighting for. But can he save his family and the newspaper fuelled only by youth, grain spirit and unrequited love?

Here Comes Trouble Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Here Comes Trouble Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

Author: Simon Wroe Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/04/2017

'1984 crossed with ADRIAN MOLE' Daily Mail 'SCOOP meets BORAT' TLS 'Scarily prophetic about news, freedom and truth' Antonia Hodgson A STORY FOR OUR TROUBLED TIMES Ellis Dau dreams of the West - of London, New York and Ashford, Kent. But he is growing up in Kyrzbekistan, a secretive nation where revolution barely makes the news. A country where the newspapers peddle outright lies, and larger-than-life characters make promises they can't keep. Following his expulsion from school, Ellis is sent to work with his father. His father is editor of The Chronicle, the last bastion of free speech in their strange, strange land. And it is under threat. As Ellis navigates his collapsing, blacked-out city - and his feelings for the local oligarch's daughter - he realises that some things are worth fighting for. But can he save his family and the newspaper fuelled only by youth, grain spirit and unrequited love?

Chop Chop

Chop Chop

Author: Simon Wroe Format: eBook Release Date: 11/04/2014

Wenn in einem Raum voller Psychopathen jeder ein Messer in der Hand hat, bist du entweder in Schwierigkeiten oder in einer Restaurantkuche. Monocle ist beides. Sein Vater halt ihn fur einen Versager, was Monocle zwar nicht so sieht, aber nicht beweisen kann. Er ist pleite, steckt in einer Sinnkrise und befindet sich gegenwartig als Kuchenhilfe ganz unten in der Nahrungskette des Londoner Restaurants "e;Swan"e;. Die Kuche wird regiert von Irren, von denen einige brillante Koche sind, andere einfach nur Sadisten. Wie Bob, der Chef. Als die Kuchenmannschaft gegen Bob aufbegehrt und Monocles Vater ehekrisenbedingt bei ihm einzieht, geraten die Dinge zunehmend auer Kontrolle.

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