Bordeaux by Paul Torday

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A haunting, dazzling novel of obsession and addiction, loyalty and betrayal—and, of course, fine wine Late one summer evening,Wilberforce—young, rich, work-obsessed, and self-contained—makes an unexpected detour on the way home from work and unwittingly takes the first step on a journey that will change his life.
His uncharacteristically impulsive act leads him to the home of Francis Black, an eccentric and enigmatic wine merchant.
Wine and hospitality flow freely in Francis Black’s cellar, andWilberforce finds himself drawn into a life he never could have imagined. Infatuated by his newfound taste for fine wines, his new friends, and the woman whom he will eventually marry, he believes he has finally found happiness.
ButWilberforce will learn that the cellar holds some unpalatable secrets and that passion comes at a price. Chronicling the vintage years ofWilberforce’s life, Bordeaux is a haunting story of obsession and addiction, loyalty and betrayal.

About Paul Torday

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PAUL TORDAY studied English literature at Pembroke College, Oxford, before embarking on a business career. He lives in Northumberland. This is his first book.
Published January 12, 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 332 pages
Genres: Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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San Francisco Chronicle

And we are asked to believe that Wilberforce truly loves Bordeaux and has amassed an expert's knowledge, yet he makes no commentary about the land, soil, culture and milieu of his favorite wine region.

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