Troubador The Chef, the Bird and the Blessing

Released: 28/08/2021

ISBN: 9781800463929

eISBN: 9781800466364

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Chef, the Bird and the Blessing


Compelling to the last page, The Chef, the Bird and the Blessing is a story about the power of suppressed memory, of friendship, and of our relationship with the natural world. Set within vivid images of a backwater in an unnamed African country, the novel is both poignant and funny.

Mozzy is a cook in a struggling safari business and dreams of escaping the perilous wilderness and his despised employer to become head chef in an upmarket restaurant in London. Spurred on by his wife, a member of a visionary religious sect, his fantasy becomes reality. But will his sanity and marriage survive in this new world? Can a small bird help him find his way?

Mozzy’s path takes him from Africa to London and back, but it is the painful journey of the heart that ultimately fulfils Mozzy’s destiny.

The voice of this book is charming and so fun - I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I wasn’t always clear where the story was going, but the delight in the unusual word choices and perspective was enough to keep me reading. Recommended for anyone in a reading rut who is looking to try something new and a bit different.

Original review:

by NetGalley review

Mozzy is a chef with high aspirations and he is sure he has the ability to get him there. He is a real-life safari chef, who loves to serve VIP guests.

Even with a boss who doesn’t appreciate his abilities and a wife who might just be in a cult, he finds himself in another country at the behest of one of those very kind guests.

I really enjoyed this read, it was a different perspective to what I am used to reading and I might have to go and dig out the author’s previous works!

Original review:

by NetGalley review

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