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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.

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Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe

Deeply eccentric and very, very funny . (Mark Gatiss, co-creator of BBC's Sherlock). 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 man eater called Ivana. But Sue's mother always told her to make the most of what's she got - and what she's got is a love of writing and some eccentric relatives. So Sue moves to her Aunt Coral's crumbling ancestral home, where she fully intends to write a book and fall in love ...and perhaps drink Campari for Breakfast. 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.

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'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

'Deeply eccentric and very, very funny, Campari for Breakfast is as charming and humane as its multi-talented author. It's also unexpectedly touching. A delight' Mark Gatiss

'We defy you not to love Sue, the quirky heroine of Sara Crowe's charming CAMPARI FOR BREAKFAST' Good Housekeeping

'A sort of upmarket Adrian Mole ... full of poignancy, humour and shafts of startling perception' Daily Mail

'A quirky debut novel as touching as it is funny.' Closer

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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Publication date

29th January 2015


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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


304 pages


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Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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