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About the Author: James Hamilton-Paterson

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.

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Paperback, Published in Nov 2006 by Faber and Faber

ISBN10: 0571229409 | ISBN13: 9780571229406

Page count: 320

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Amazing Disgrace is the sequel to the hugely acclaimed Cooking with Fernet Branca - and even funnier. It follows the further adventures of hero Gerald Samper, the man described in the Sunday Timesas ‘a wonderfully over-the-top comic creation’ and in the Independent on Sunday as ‘an insufferable snob and a bourgeois buffoon’.

Gerald is a ghostwriter to the illiterate stars, from rock singers and racing drivers to ski champions. And to Millie Cleat, the monstrous one-armed sailor, whose around-the-world voyage has made her the toast of Britain, and who has become the poster-girl for the Deep Blues, a mystical environmental group.

Gerald pines for greater things, however, and would prefer to write the memoirs of Max Christ, the celebrated conductor. While he schemes to land this unattainable catch, he muses hilariously and viciously on the world of which he is such an unwilling part, looking out from his Tuscan hilltop and pining for his neighbour Marta, offspring of a crime family from Voynovia, who disappeared one day into thin air.

Meanwhile, some oceanographers are planning revenge on Millie Cleat for her destruction of their greatest coup - and Gerald convinces her that she has seen the face of Neptune in the depths ...

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