LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2004
Cooking with Fernet Branca is a gleefully tasteless bad dream of modern Italy, told through the eyes of Gerald Samper - effete Englishman, culinary adventurer, and ghostwriter to the stars.
´Wickedly witty . . . Anyone who does not add this hilarious divertimento to their summer reading list should be put on a forced diet of Gerald´s inimitable Alien Pie.´ Michael Dibdin,Guardian
´A deliciously nasty farce set in [Hamilton-Paterson´s] adopted Tuscany . . . Cooking with Fernet Branca had me laughing out loud and uproariously. All Tuscanites should read it, preferably over a plate of stewed otter chunks in lobster sauce.´ Sunday Telegraph
´Larded with bitter satire and piquant wit, at the expense, often, of its readers and their dreams of Italy . . . I laughed out loud several times a chapter.´ The Times