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Campari for Breakfast

Campari for Breakfast [Kindle Edition]

Sara Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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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)

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'Startlingly original . . . an utter delight' TAMSIN GREIG

A hilariously quirky coming-of-age novel, for readers who loved Sarah Winman's When God Was a Rabbit, Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette and Nina Stibbe's Love, Nina.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1872 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (10 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected joy 25 April 2014
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Campari for Breakfast is about a teenage girl called Sue, who wants to know the truth about her mother’s death, but has to negotiate a tangled family history and a cast of eccentric characters to get at it.

I can’t remember the last time a book surprised me so much. It’s playful and inventive and witty, and I either chuckled or hooted on every other page. But for all my chuckling and hooting, I was also moved by tender moments of insight and exquisite imagery.

Sara Crowe, an Olivier Award winning actress, appears to have a writing voice as original as her stage presence, and I’m intrigued to see how she employs it next.

A difficult book to categorise, I hope that readers of all genres will find it just as compelling and companionable as I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Champagne Read! 23 April 2014
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I thought any book recommended by Tamsin Greig AND Mark Gatiss must be worth a read - and I wasn't disappointed. This is a fantastically funny and moving story that had me going from tears to laughter at the turn of a page. Seventeen year-old Sue Bowl is a wonderfully original, quirky character and her novella, Brackencliff (which pops in and out of the main story) is the funniest thing I've read in ages (not that that's "literary" Sue' s intention of course!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Campari for Breakfast 27 April 2014
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A pure delight. I couldn't wait to pick up and read and become more and more involved with this eccentric, quirky and loveable family. Lot's of smiles and also poignant moments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable First Novel 21 April 2014
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At first I thought the novel had been badly edited for Kindle but it didn't take long to realise that the mis-spellings, malapropisms ad neologisms were Sue's very own. This is a portrait of a young girl becoming a woman in the 1980s, discovering her creativity as a writer, combined with practical common sense which she uses to try to help Aunt Coral out of her financial difficulties - not to mention finding out the difference between a crush and genuine affection. All this and the search for the truth about her mother's death makes for a hilarious roller-coaster of emotions and startling revelations. I'm already looking forward to the author's second and subsequent novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'Campari for Breakfast' by Sara Crowe 14 April 2014
It’s 1987 and seventeen-year-old Sue Bowl’s world has just been turned upside down by her mother’s unexpected suicide. She can’t understand that her father is already together with another woman and decides to go and stay with her aunt Coral, who lives in an enormous country house with the name Green Place. In order to preoccupy herself with other things, Sue wants to focus on her ambitions to become an author. She starts a creative writing group together with her aunt and the other eccentric inhabitants of the house, and next to that she finds herself a job at a local cafe. Soon, Sue has enough to focus on: a crush on one of her co-workers, saving Green Place which is slowly crumbling down, and her search for her mother’s missing suicide note.

It took me a bit of time to get into this book; the storyline is a mix of both present and past events, told mainly from the perspective of Sue, but there are also passages from aunt Coral’s diary. Sue’s voice (which is really distinctive; the book even features the spelling mistakes Sue makes, which I think really adds to the whole atmosphere) fascinated me and as the story progressed I just wanted to jump into the book and live at Green Place together with Sue, Aunt Coral, and the rest of the characters. I particularly warmed to Sue, but the supporting cast consists of a brilliant blend of various personalities: lovely Aunt Coral, charming Joe, infuriating Loudolle... Each of them plays their own significant part in Sue’s journey to adulthood and adds something specific to the book.

While the suicide of Sue’s mother is central to the entire story, the book definitely has a hopeful and heart-warming side to it.
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