'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.
“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”
“We defy you not to love Sue, the quirky heroine of Sara Crowe's charming CAMPARI FOR BREAKFAST”
“A sort of upmarket Adrian Mole . . . full of poignancy, humour and shafts of startling perception”
“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”
“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”
“A warm novel [with] echoes of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle”
“This glorious comic novel is full of sweet-natured humour tempered with genuine emotion. Absolutely adorable.”