The Various Flavours of Coffee

Author(s): Anthony Capella

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It is 1895. Robert Wallis, would-be poet, bohemian and impoverished dandy, accepts a commission from coffee merchant Samuel Pinker to categorise the different tastes of coffee - and encounters Pinker's free-thinking daughters, Philomenia, Ada and Emily. As romance blossoms with Emily, Robert realises that the Muse and marriage may not be incompatible after all. Sent to Abyssinia to make his fortune in the coffee trade, he becomes obsessed with a negro slave girl, Fikre. He decides to use the money he has saved to buy her from her owner - a decision that will change not only his own life, but the lives of the three Pinker sisters...


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'An erotic, exotic story set at the turn of the 20th century, which builds upon Mr Capella's reputation as a writer of gourmet fiction ... [an] imaginative storyline and boldly descriptive prose' Economist 'The surprising plot twists and authentic love story will make this a crowd-pleaser' Publishers Weekly 'A fast-paced narrative propelled by Capella's masterful characterizations of his principals, Wallis and Emily' Kirkus Review 'A fruity, full-bodied story' Good Housekeeping 'A tale as smooth and restorative as a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain' Sunday Business Post 'Forget Starbucks ... [A] tale of illicit love and passion' Mirror 'Capella moves brilliantly between humour; sometimes gentle, sometimes acerbic, passion and tragedy ... If you've read other Anthony Capella novels his latest is compulsory reading. If you haven't, it's time you started. This wonderfully funny yet thought-provoking novel is the perfect antidote to the winter blues and should be on everyone's list this Christmas' Reader review,

Anthony Capella spends part of each year travelling in Italy. He is based in London and this is his third novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781847442819
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Sphere
  • : November 2008
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Romance: historical
  • : 480
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Anthony Capella