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What discerning judges have said about The Coffee Story

'It's been a while since I read a first novel that felt as universally accomplished as Peter Salmon's The Coffee Story' - Toby Litt

'I was constantly intoxicated by a sense of desire & loss' - Jake Arnott

'Wild and raucous... an extraordinarily accomplished debut' - Niall Griffiths

'Reminiscent of Phillip Roth's Everyman. But it's much, much funnier' - Sydney Morning Herald

'An exceptional debut' - Martyn Bedford

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The Coffee Story

The coffee here, thank you for asking, is the worst fucking coffee I have ever tasted, and that’s saying something, considering the shit my second wife used to make. A man who in his prime could have had any coffee bean and any woman in the world, but who went and fell in love with that pallid slip of whatsit with her flat shoes and her floral prints, her grey eyes and moral certitude, and Christ alone knows how she used to get rid of all the flavour…

So begins The Coffee Story, a tale of lust and love, cowardice and redemption, and lots and lots of coffee…

We follow the story of Teddy Everett, former head of Everett and Sons Coffee, now dying in hospital of lung cancer and retelling his life story – his Ethiopian childhood at the time of the ascension of Haile Selassie, where he met Lucy and performed an act of cowardice that will haunt the rest of his life; his years in America married to his ‘first wife’, and his own various lusts; and his final death bed search for redemption. As Teddy himself says

Right now I don’t care if they serve me coffee so weak you can read a book through it. Bring me one more cupful you saccharine sacrilegious bastards. We may be in for an all-nighter…

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