The blurb: Edward Trencom has bumbled through life, relying on his trusty nose to turn the family cheese shop into the most celebrated fromagerie in England. But his world is turned upside down when he stumbles across a crate of family papers. To his horror, Edward discovers that nine previous generations of his family have come to sticky ends because of their noses.
When he investigates further, Edward finds himself caught up in a Byzantine riddle to which there is no obvious answer. Like his ancestors, he is hunted down by rival forces whose identity and purpose remain a total mystery. Trapped between the mad, the bad and a cheese to die for, Edward Trencom’s nose must make a choice – and for the last nine generations it has made the catastrophically wrong decision.
Giles Milton’s deliciously comic debut novel is a mouth-watering blend of Louis de Bernieres, Tom Sharpe and P. G. Wodehouse with every page permeated by the pungent odour of cheese.
My review: I wanted to come back to this novel. I read it some time ago and remembered it fondly but without actually remembering any of the plot! Published in 2007 I picked it up because of the quirky cover and interesting synopsis – plus the fact that I love cheese, adore cheese and will always be cheeses number one fan.
If you get the chance to read this book, do. I highly recommend it for it’s cosiness. It’s funny, cleverly plotted and has an outrageously foolish storyline that I love. Plus its full of cheese. I wouldn’t say its the most taxing book I’ve ever read, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and has some lovely writing, its one of those books you’d happily pass on safe in the knowledge it’s hard to dislike. That is the reason this review isn’t higher, its a great book, a brilliant read but I did forget what happened in it. It’s great for the escapism a good book brings and the parts written by Edward’s ancestor’s are fascinating and jolly but it doesnt stay with you.
A good fireside read but perhaps not one that will change your reading life. However I did go back and read it again…
7 out of 10 stars! *******