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Rancid Pansies by James Hamilton-Paterson is the hilarious satirical novel featuring the anti-hero of the wonderful Cooking with Fernet Branca and Amazing Disgrace.

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James Hamilton-Paterson's work has been translated into many languages. He is a highly acclaimed author of non-fiction books, including Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Playing with Water, as well as America's Boy, a study of Ferdinand Marcos and the Philippines. Gerontius, his first novel, won the Whitbread Award, while his most recent, Loving Monsters (2001), was praised by the Sunday Telegraph as 'tantalising, erudite and ingenious'. He lives in Italy.


The title of this outlandish, hilarious, and brilliant novel is an anagram for the name of a famous British royal personage. The third in the Gerald Samper series (after Cooking with Fernet Branca and Amazing Disgrace), it reads just fine as a stand-alone. Gerry is bored by the sports biographies he writes, but after his house in Tuscany collapses during an earthquake, his career takes a whole new turn. A helicopter pilot suggests that the "Blessed Madonna" kept everyone out of harm's way, and the story keeps spinning and spinning until it becomes the British "Madonna," Princess Diana, who appeared at Gerry's dinner party on that fateful evening and told everyone to leave immediately. The site becomes a shrine to the fashionista, and when a blind child regains her sight there, Gerry realizes that these events are high opera and sets about writing a libretto. The opera makes its debut to great success despite some funny unscripted events. Winner of the Whitbread Best First Novel Award, Hamilton-Paterson is a highly gifted wordsmith who strikes a rich vein of comic talent with this entertaining read. Highly recommended for readers who appreciate British comedy and the workings of an extremely imaginative mind.--Lisa Rohrbaugh, New Middletown, OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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