I have a confession to make: there are no more cookbooks in the queue for a while. Some of my newer readers might be shocked to find that I also read other non-fiction. And fiction. And occasionally, just for the heck of it. Call it brain candy – and no worries, there are no calories attached. This particular novel kept me engaged from absurd beginning to topsy-turvy end. Which is funny, because Peter Stafford-Bow is actually a pseudonym, and some of the events are based on the real person-behind-the-name’s real-life experiences.
“Corkscrew” is the perfect companion for an afternoon or an evening (or two) when you just want to sit back and unwind (pun not particularly original, but nonetheless intended). Young Felix Hart faces the daunting possibility of ending up a loser straight out of school, but fate has something better in store for him: a stellar career in the wine industry! Learning that he has a real knack for highly specialized retail, Felix embarks on the crazy journey of a lifetime, aided by a cast of colorful characters (I guarantee that you’ll remember Wodin, Wikus, and the Spott-Hythes long after you’ve finished the book) and a vast assortment of equally unlikely, yet wonderfully entertaining events. Like a James Bond of viticulture, Felix always has time for little relaxation on the job, as well. You simply must stay for the outrageous climax that could end Felix’s spot at the top of the ladder, but luckily, there is just one more twist in store. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite bevvy, keep your tongue stuck firmly in your cheek, and see if you can pick up enough pointers to pass the Minstrel of Wine examination!
Grape Experiences has posted a funny and informative Q&A with author Peter Stafford-Bow for those who are interested in the story behind the story.
“Corkscrew” is published by Thistle Publishing. At this point, I really must send a special thank-you to David Haviland, who does his best to ensure his quirky titles get the coverage they deserve. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. Needless to say, all opinions are my own, except where otherwise stated.