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  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843869179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843869177
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ROBERT GREENFIELD spent years coming to terms with a darkly tragic childhood to become an international fashion designer once dubbed: Britain s answer to the Italian Look by Men s Wear Magazine. He has lived in Florence, New York and Hong Kong... Robert is now a well-respected interior designer with many successful projects often featured in magazines and the press. In 2000, Robert and his partner, Michael left London to set-up a much-publicized boutique style B&B on the stunning North Norfolk coast. They also run unique holiday cottage-lets along this coastline. Robert is a keen environmentalist, passionate about animal welfare, a fitness freak, trend geek, and as he says, Design is my sensitivity . He is currently writing his next book...


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Samphire Coast is a most entertaining heartfelt rendition's of how hard work, self motivation, attention to detail and pure will will succeed in an industry that is fraut with highs and lows and alot of pitfalls along the way. From the Hotel inspector, to the diverse and various guests which range from the ones from hell to the ones that are now friends. This book enables you to live the life of establishing a new boutique B & B in the heart of rural North Norfolk. Robert, Mike and Barnaby Boo have a story that will have you laughing one moment to crying the next. The trials and tribulations they experience are all laid open for you to see. The book embraces your imagination and encourages you to feel that you are one of the family and that they are your friends. Having been luckily blessed with having the opportunity to meet Robert I can let you all know that he is one of the nicest, generous and most humblest of men. I am looking forward to book 2.
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Just finished reading this book, and I enjoyed every minute. Apparently it is the author's first book - and it was such a joy to read! The author Robert comes over as a really lovely and fun guy - his personality shines through. The way he describes him and his partner Mike, taking a chance, moving up from London to a place they'd never been to before - falling in love with the area - and creating a wonderful place to stay - really tempts you to follow suit. Take a chance in life and try something completely different! And the way he has described North Norfolk, it is now down as a place I'd like to visit real soon, it's not somewhere I'd even thought of visiting before this book! But after reading the author's description - it just sounds amazing... I'm sure this book will do well, it is full of charm, with many parts funny, and some sad - it has the full range of life going on between it's covers. Please write your next one soon, can't wait to read it!!
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Being a frequent visitor to North Norfolk where the main topic of this book is relevant to I thoroughly enjoyed it, but even though I could relate to locations it gave me a real insight to Robert and Michaels experiences when going into the B & B trade and their customers plights and demands. A really great read and I look forward to the next one Robert!
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I read this book over two days on holiday recently. As I am north Norfolk born and bred I was very keen to read it and was attracted by the great cartoon style cover. However, I only got to the first page of the Foreword and a glaring error jumped out at me. "Mike and I sealed our relationship formerly in a Civil Partnership ceremony". This should of course read "formally". Sadly I did find several more errors in the book. The worst was when he was describing a female relative who had "Crone's disease" which throws an entirely different meaning on the illness "Crohns Disease". Perhaps he's never heard of the word "crone" but I'm sure the good lady wasn't one!

Anyway, having said all that, I found the book quite funny and they deserve all the awards they received for their hard work in bringing an isolated and run down B and B into an excellent one.
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What can I say? I really loved this book and read it all in one go, I couldn't put it down. I would really recommend it to people who love Norfolk and love a good story. I can't wait to read his next book. I'll be following Robert's career as a writer and a designer with much interest. He has so much talent and I can't wait to see what he gets up to next. Best wishes to Robert, Mike and Barnaby!
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This was for the Missus, the story, local to me was a great read, I read it after my wife of course, It's now doing the rounds of friends and neighbours and the reports are very good. I think she has made a lot of friends.

She dropped her friends borrowed Kindle from a great height on to the floor so she may have lost one.

North Norfolk Lad. ( I wish.)
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Samphire Coast is a rattling good read. From the graphic descriptions of his time as a fashion designer on the hip New York scene when in his twenties to finding, renovating and then running a luxurious boutique B and B on the North Norfolk coast Robert Greenfield's candour and enthusiasm bubble through every sentence. Neither he nor his partner Mike had any previous hotel experience but with hard work and originality they turn Holly Lodge into a successful, stylish and award-winning venue. Many who stay are lovely but far more interesting are those whose extraordinary behaviour is rib-ticklingly bizarre and sometimes downright wacky. This is a fast-paced, fun-packed, often racy, read of life behind the scenes of a top-class B and B set against a fascinating Norfolk background. In this debut work Robert Greenfield wears his heart on his sleeve and the book is all the better for it.
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Robert Greenfield writes an outstanding record of his rollercoaster life. You literally fall in love with Robert, Norfolk and Barnaby. By the end of the book you actually feel like Robert's friend. He opens up and lets you in to the risks people take in life. The fun you can have the troubles you can hit. The book is sending an encouraging message; if you work hard and stay motivated you really can succeed. The very worded beginning can be a little daunting but bare with it and you will not want to put the book down. The descriptions of Norfolk were spot on - and the description of Holly Lodge makes you weak at the knees, it sounded perfect.
If you want an interesting, exciting, inspirational read then Samphire Coast is the book for you.
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