Troubador The Café with Five Faces

Released: 25/02/2019

eISBN: 9781789019995

Format: eBook

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The Café with Five Faces

What the Walls Heard, 2018


The key clicks in the lock, and the door swings open into my world...

Welcome to my café. My five-roomed empire. Each room named after a place I hold close to my heart. 

One café, five rooms, five groups of people, all with their own stories to share and opinions to express. This is England, a country living through a period of rapid change and intense political conflict, in other words, now. People of all ages, races and backgrounds gather within these walls to share their thoughts on everything from travel to humour, romance to politics, art to human interest. 

The Café with Five Faces is an eclectic mix of stories on the trials and tribulations of every day life. Grab a coffee, take a wander through the café’s rooms and learn about the lives and loves of those within. 

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

by Kiley

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.

by Abby

This was a good read. Nothing spectacularly unique, but I love how the stories focused on the everyday routines of normal people.

by Cristie

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.

by Gizem

The Cafe with Five Faces is perfect for people who enjoy and unobtrusive listen in occasionally to the conversation at the next table. A lighthearted read but bringing in all sort of topics to travel and todays political situation in a very readable way. It's all centred around the rooms in the coffee shop. I loved it, a good read!!

by Deborah

When I read the summary to this I almost expected to go from conversation to conversation and not feel anything. And maybe I found myself nodding to so many of those conversations specially the bits about politics, football and brexit because I've been living in the UK since 2016 (give or take a few months back home). Those are the kind of conversations I have (and have had) with my friends, co-workers, housemates and such whenever we get together go to a pub or wherever.

The story felt honest, just the silly, everyday conversations people have when they get together with their friends to catch up, talk about your life, politics, football and such topics. It made feel part voyeur as if I was sitting there in the corner of those rooms, listening in to these people's conversations, this strange sense of nostalgia because I want to have a preferred coffee shop too where I can just pop down to, sit, relax for a few hours discussing whatever topic comes to mind. And more importantly, it made me feel the need to find a coffee place with that menu, I'm seriously jealous of all those food choices.

by Nini

This felt more like a Wiki-slash-Lonely-Planet with personal stories behind it.
I dropped it like a million times just to Google all the places and cafes mentioned. But hey...visuals...visuals...this book would be so much better with proper beautiful visuals.

It is informative and it reads like a best friend you don't really know beyond his tales of his worldly explorations.

I think it would make a nice gift to those who love but for some reason can't travel at this time because it feels like a mini world in a book format. And of course a treasure for coffee lovers - if only the chapters were much shorter and a subway stop read, for example. Then this would almost feel like reading a version of EASY but in a book, not Netflix series.

by Julie

Coffee lovers, cafe sitters, travelers and those who find themselves engrossed in eavesdropping on others' conversations will enjoy this, I think, as much as I did.

by Kaye

Multicultural expression and awareness is brought to the foreground through The Cafe with Five Faces, which opens a dialogue of cultural difference and similarities. So impactful!

by Taylor


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 Café 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 Café with Five Faces, a book of the stories his café'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.

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