The Cafe with Five Faces (what the walls heard , 2018) is out now on Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.
by Nina Matta
A sweet, well-written book about a period I’m always interested in. It had flavours of Kate Atkinson, so her fans might enjoy this one
This book was delightful. None of the stories are particularly sensational or groundbreaking - it is more the inane musings of everyday people and the silly conversations you have with friends when you get together and catch up. You talk about family, friends, politics, football, food, travels. At the end of the book you're left with strong feelings of nostalgia, a need to pop down to your local to catch up with all the community characters and a severe case of travel envy and wanderlust. I'm still trying to find the location of this Cafe so I can go and visit if I ever find myself in that part of the world (because the menus sound delicious and amazing!)
Recommended for rainy day reading when you're in the mood to people watch.
by C J
A lovely book, a book that draws you into people’s lives conversations sitting in a cafe gossiping discussing current events life.A really wonderful group of people I highly recommend this well written engaging novel.
This was a good read. Nothing spectacularly unique, but I love how the stories focused on the everyday routines of normal people.
This cozy little book was just what I was looking for. It has amazing cultural aspects and views, world cuisine and coffee culture, casual yet provocative conversations and last but not least a multi-cultural, know-it-all cafe owner with great insights about food and drinks, who also has a level of nonchalance I wish to have in life.
I guess the reason why I really like this book is that I travel like a gourmet, devouring every local savory I can find, eating and drinking my way around cities. The rooms of this cafe are inspired by five cities, which have left a unique impression on the author in terms of food, drinks and culture. I wish the menu was added to the book as well, I got really curious about it while reading and picturing the rooms in my mind. When I add this to a quaint selection of customers conversing about politics, football, relationships, environment, disillusionments while eating mouth-watering cakes accompanied by coffee, tea or wine usually recommended by the author/waiter/owner himself. This was quite a delicious reading experience for me and it is recommended especially for foodies.
A traveller, an observer and a coffee fanatic, Chaelli has, to use a turn of phrase, been around a bit!
He has travelled the world in his capacity as a trainer, working primarily in Europe, but also in South Africa, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Central and South-East Asia. During this time, he has developed a particular affection for, and affinity with Beirut, Budapest, Cape Town and Granada, along with the much closer to home Hebden Bridge. Having spent many months in all of these places, he has named a room in his cafe after each of them, hence The CafÃ© with Five Faces.
His 'day job' involves a lot of observation and he has used these 'skills', also known as 'nosiness', to put together The CafÃ© with Five Faces, a book of the stories his cafÃ©'s walls have overheard, and will continue to overhear.
Delving back into the annals of history, Chaelli studied History and Politics and maintains an active interest in the latter, being a vocal member of most things anti-Brexit, a mistake he views as a form of national suicide.
These days, he is studying for a Diploma in Coffee Skills and has so far taken courses in Beirut, London, Cape Town, Bogota and Villa de Leyva (Colombia).
He has been a writer for a long time, starting with children's adventure stories written when barely a teen, through to materials and courses for English teachers and an as yet unpublished travelogue.