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The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce - Paul Torday

The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce - Paul Torday
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Title: The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce

Author:  Paul Torday

ISBN:  9780297851592

Weight:  807g

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The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce by Paul Torday

‘You really love me don't you?’ she said.
‘Of course I do.’
‘It’s hard to tell because you never talk much…  You’ve never really had any fun in your life at all, have you?’
‘No, but that’s about to change.’

Late one summer evening, Wilberforce – rich, young, work-obsessed and self-contained – makes an unexpected detour on the way home from the software company he owns and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life.

His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the door of Caerlyon Hall, to the vast undercroft beneath it, and the domain of Francis Black, a place where wine, hospitality and affection flow freely.

Through Francis, the eccentric and enigmatic owner of Caerlyon, Wilberforce is initiated into a life he could never have imagined: a life rich in the promise of friendship and adventure, where, through his new set of friends, with their shooting parties and stately homes, the possibility of finding acceptance, and even falling in love, seems finally to be within his reach.

As his horizon broadens and his heart expands, Wilberforce becomes a willing pupil to Francis’s master, and in the cellars of Caerlyon he nurtures a new-found passion for fine wine.

But even the finest wine can leave a bitter aftertaste, and Wilberforce will learn that the undercroft holds some unpalatable secrets, and that passion comes at a price.

Chronicling the vintage years of Wilberforce’s life, The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce is a dazzling, haunting story of obsession and addiction, of loyalty and betrayal.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

Remarkably, given the bleakness of both subject and hero, it is an incredibly good read.

Marianne MacDonald, Daily Telegraph

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

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleThe Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce
Sub titleA Novel in Four Vintages
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of just 250 copies was commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped-in authentication page, directly before the half title page, that ratifies the book’s handwritten number.  This page also confirms the book is a first edition signed by the author and issued with a slipcase.  (Also printed on the page is the book’s title, the author’s name, the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.)

Available numbersChoice of 69 or 122 [of 250, subject to availability]
Overall conditionFine / Fine / Fine - see image showing some minor bruising to the back edge of the slipcase (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Book Stats
PublisherOrion Publishing Group
ImprintWeidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780297851592
ISBN 100297851594
FormatHardcover with dust jacket & slipcase
Pages308
Size (h x w x d)212 x 145 x 35mm [slipcase]
Design Credits
Author photographJerry Bauer
Jacket illustrationJessie Ford

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