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  • Published: 10 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448170739
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

Campari for Breakfast

'Startlingly original . . . an utter delight' Tamsin Greig

'Prepare to be charmed by Sue Bowl' Mail on Sunday

A hilariously quirky coming-of-age novel, for readers who loved Sarah Winman's When God Was a Rabbit, Maria Semple's Where'd You Go Bernadette and Nina Stibbe's Love, Nina.

'Reads like a cross between I Capture the Castle and Love, Nina, with a pinch of Adrian Mole' The Bookseller

‘We defy you not to love Sue’ Good Housekeeping

'Campari for Breakfast is truly, charmingly splendid' Lucy Robinson

Life is full of terrible things. Ghosts of dead relatives, heartbreak . . . burnt toast.

In 1987, Sue Bowl's world changes for ever. Her mother dies, leaving her feeling like she’s lost a vital part of herself. And then her father shacks up with an awful man-eater called Ivana.

But Sue’s mother always told her to make the most of what she’s got – and what she’s got is a love of writing and some eccentric relatives. So Sue moves to her Aunt Coral’s crumbling ancestral home, where she fully intends to write a book and fall in love . . . and perhaps drink Campari for breakfast

Campari for Breakfast is a heart-warming, eccentric novel that joins the ranks of great British coming-of-age novels such as Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love.

  • Pub date: 10 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448170739
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

Sara Crowe

Sara Crowe was born in a tiny cottage in Cornwall and raised in the wilds of Devon, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and several other English counties. She has worked as a part-time shepherd, a model (the clothed variety) and a film extra. She has a PhD from Bristol University and has taught courses on early cinema and the history of photography. In 2013, she went on a year-long journey around Britain in a motorhome, photographing and writing about nature, local folklore and the landscape as she goes.Her first novel was Bone Jack.

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Praise for Campari for Breakfast

“I was really cross when I reached the final few words, because I didn't want it to end. It is brilliant. Heart-rending sorrow, unremitting hopefulness and joy, held together by the delicious comic malapropisms of a startlingly original teenage heroine. An utter delight”

Tamsin Greig

“We defy you not to love Sue, the quirky heroine of Sara Crowe's charming CAMPARI FOR BREAKFAST”

Good Housekeeping

“A sort of upmarket Adrian Mole . . . full of poignancy, humour and shafts of startling perception”

Daily Mail

“Campari for Breakfast is truly, charmingly, battily splendid… Utterly divine!”

Lucy Robinson, author of The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me

“This charming debut about family secrets reads like a cross between I Capture the Castle and Love, Nina”

Cathy Rentzenbrink, Bookseller

“A quirky debut novel as touching as it is funny.”


“Deeply eccentric and very, very funny, Campari for Breakfast is as charming and humane as its multi-talented author. It's also unexpectedly touching. A delight”

Mark Gatiss

“Absolutely delightful and charming. I loved it”

Julie Cohen, Richard & Judy-selected author of Dear Thing

“A quirky unexpected delight”

Sam Baker, Harpers Bazaar

“Quirky and rewarding - a delight”

Woman and Home

“A quirky, funny and rather delightful debut novel.”


“A heart-warming read”

Emerald Street


Now Magazine

“A warm novel [with] echoes of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle”

Sunday Express

“This glorious comic novel is full of sweet-natured humour tempered with genuine emotion. Absolutely adorable.”


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