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Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe

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Seventeen-year old Sue moves to her Aunt Coral’s crumbling mansion shortly after her mother committed suicide and her father takes up with a Danish lady. Coral has an array of tenants who all appear to be aspiring authors. Interspersed with this strange little tale is Aunt Coral’s diary from 1929 to the present (1988) which gives Sue lots of clues to her roots and her mother’s suicide. Full of eccentric oddballs, secrets, country living and warmth, this is a gentle period tale to be savoured slowly.


Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe

Life is full of terrible things. Ghosts of dead relatives, heartbreak ...burnt toast. In 1987, Sue Bowl's world changes for ever. Her mother dies, leaving her feeling like she's lost a vital part of herself. And then her father shacks up with an awful golddigger called Ivana. But Sue's mother always told her to make the most of what she's got - and what she's got is a love of writing and some interesting relatives. So Sue moves to her Aunt Coral's crumbling ancestral home, Green Place, along with a growing bunch of oddballs and eccentrics. Not to mention the odd badger or two ...There she fully intends to write a book, fall in love, and learn to live decadently. Campari for Breakfast is a heart-warming, eccentric novel that joins the ranks of great British coming-of-age novels such as Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love.


I was really cross when I reached the final few words, because I didn't want it to end. It is brilliant. Heart-rending sorrow, unremitting hopefulness and joy, held together by the delicious comic malapropisms of a startlingly original teenage heroine. An utter delight -- Tamsin Greig

A quirky unexpected delight -- Sam Baker Harpers Bazaar

This charming debut about family secrets reads like a cross between I Capture the Castle and Love, Nina -- Cathy Rentzenbrink Bookseller

About the Author

Sara Crowe

Sara Crowe was raised in various wild parts of England. In 2013, she travelled around the countryside in a big camper van with her partner and their dogs. Sara's interests include photography, nature, folklore and folk history. Most of these find their way into her writing.

Bone Jack is her first novel.

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30th November 1999


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