- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Matador (14 Mar. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1788037324
- ISBN-13: 978-1788037327
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.6 x 13.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,645,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trouble Brewing Paperback – 14 Mar 2017
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About the Author
Praise for Paul Carroll s previous novels:
'An entertaining and all too familiar account of thwarted ambition, frustration and rejection' HELLO! Magazine
'Satirical and shrewd in its societal observations...this is a cautionary tale of what happens when hype becomes hysteria' welovethisbook.com
'Paul's account is genuinely funny, his characters are all very real, and the goings-on are right on the money. Brilliant!' Books Monthly
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One can't help suspecting that each of the key characters contains trace elements of the authors' own personality and backstory - writing oneself into the story is after all something that all new authors tend to do. So we have perhaps a little of the down-on-his luck celebrity TV chef here, a dash of the historical author there, and perhaps a large measure of the PR maestro to top things off. Perhaps the Aubergine Door in Leeds is also an alias for Totties' in Altrincham, who knows .... 😉
In contrast with Paul's previous 2 novels, this is less dark and cynically satirical and far more upbeat, bright and optimistic. The plot nicely weaves in contemporary themes of Globalisation and the challenges facing small local industries whilst taking a well-aimed potshot at the folly of Brexit. The themes of Pride, renewal and redemption cleverly reflect those of the literary namesake of the pub that is center stage in the novel - The Fountainhead.
I knocked this one back in 4 lengthy straight reading sessions. As the characters grow on you, picking the book up to resume reading for the third of those sessions felt like entering a familiar Yorshire country pub after a long hard days' work on a wet and windy evening. You've been looking forward to it all day; you know a good evening is ahead of you; all the regulars will be at the bar where lively and stimulating conversation awaits and a few laughs are guaranteed, but there may be a stranger at the end of the bar nursing a pint of Brim who might, just might, have a tall tale to tell ...
From the slightly shocking beginning, it unwinds into a lovely tale.
Based on a Yorkshire village who are trying to save the trademark of a local beer called 'Brim'. There's the bad big brewery who wants to take over, the down-on-his-luck celebrity who is bought in to be the face and the PR man who helps turn the campaign around
The beer is supposed to have 'miraculous' qualities and each of the characters it touches benefits in some way!
Warm and gentle - perfect relaxing holiday read for someone who wants a hug of a book.
The story moves at a good pace with believable characters who you will identify with even if you've never been north of Watford. The lives of the protagonists are interwoven with good humour & warmth - this is a feel-good tale with several bumps in the road which reminded me most of the film, Brassed Off. It left me looking forward to a sequel & the ending opens wide the door to that possibility.
An enjoyable read which, like Brim, will "help you feel better".
The tale is unique - I’ve never read a book about beer and Yorkshire before, and never will again probably.
At the heart of the tale is Brim - a Yorkshire brewed ale with special healing powers (if only). But it’s in danger of being bought out by a copy-cat beer brand, hence enters top PR man Brandon to save the day, and celebrity chef Brian (I wonder who he’s based on?!) to help give Brim the wow factor.
If you’re in PR or marketing of any nature, you’ll love this book - the twists and turns are oh-so-familiar. If you’re from Yorkshire you’ll find the locations, language and characters very familiar and heart warming. And if you just like great books that last in the memory and an engaging read, you’ll love it too.
This isn't to say it's a comedy - it goes far, far deeper than that. But the pathos and emotion is laced with brilliant humour and it's actually incredibly touching.
Paul's writing is wonderful; clever, pacy and the characters are full of life. A brilliant read that I've recommended to everyone that I know. More, please!
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