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Strong EPOS; A solid follow-on to Salmon Fishing but wholly unique; hugely atmospheric, with lush descriptions of landscape and wine and deeply felt emotions.
Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 19 countries. He is married with two sons by a previous marriage and has two stepsons and lives close to the River North Tyne.
'Remarkably, given the bleakness of both subject and hero, it is an incredibly good read.' -- Marianne MacDonald DAILY TELEGRAPH 'What makes us want to find out about Wilberforce is Torday's wonderful prose - the same simple, clear writing that made Salmon Fishing so readable.' -- Susan Elderkin FINANCIAL TIMES 'he has a good feeling for character and a sly sense of humour' -- David Robson SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "a well-told tale. Torday wryly observes Wilberforce's descent" -- Paul Dunn THE TIMES "grows more and more poignant as the novel progresses. satisfyingly full-bodied and slips down a treat" -- Peter Parker SUNDAY TIMES "marks him out as a writer of serious promise, whose achievements in this second novel hint at bigger, better works to come." -- Fiona McCann IRISH TIMES "Torday tells ths story in reverse, a familiar narrative device used effectively here" -- Shyamantha Asokan THE BIG ISSUE "a really good book by a really talented writer" A BOOK A WEEK BLOGSPOT "the pages practically turn themselves and the closing lines of the book, after such a heady brew, are so deliciously sobering" JOHN SELF ASYLUM BLOGSPOT "the whole book is delightfully written. Paul Torday is a remarkably original novelist" -- David Sexton EVENING STANDARD "Telling the story back-to-front allows Torday to highlight Wilberforce's self-delusion; he's that familiar figure, the alcoholic who pretends that he's merely a connoissuer" -- Josh Lacey GUARDIAN "exceptionally accomplished. second novels are notoriously difficult to pull off but Torday has managed a near masterpiece" -- Virginia Blackburn DAILY EXPRESS "Torday's confidence in his story's power to command attention is not mispaced. Wilberforce is well worth sampling" -- Nicola Smyth INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY You Really Must Read: "beguiling novel by the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, about a wine snob's bad alcoholic manners" SUNDAY TIMES "slips down a treat" THE WEEK Four stars - a "subtly comic novel" -- Claire Allfree METRO "another quirky offering from a true original" -- Iain Finlayson SAGA "a heart-wrenching tale of alcoholism and a lonely man's search for identity. a mesmerising page-turner" -- Anthony Gardner Mail on Sunday "(the plot) provides Torday with copious opportunities for comedy, which he readily exploits. But there is a serious undertone" -- Nina Kelly Time Out