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Edward Trencom's Nose: A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue, and Cheese

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  388 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Situated on London’s Foster Lane, there is a quintessentially Georgian, redbrick house with a green door bearing the sign trencoms, 1662. It’s the home of the Trencom family’s cheese store, a generational establishment begun by Humphrey Trencom that now, 303 years later, is run by Edward Trencom. Quaint though it may seem, it bears witness to a strange occurrence of “accid...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2007)
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Jam
Jun 20, 2007 Jam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like cheese, mysteries and/or Wodehouse
Possibly not a book for the lactose intolerant, unless they like tormenting themselves.

It's enjoyably written, with some nice darkly humorous moments, characters that are generally likeable and an author that obviously loves words as much as he loves the components of the story.

And cheese.
Cathy
Feb 22, 2008 Cathy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies - solely for reference
quirky characters mixed up with a half-baked plot about revolution and muddled heavily with irrelevant Greek history lessons. edward trencom owns a successful cheese shop in london, complete with a vast cellar of rare and delectable preserved dairy products from around the world. what makes his shop so great is his prominent and highly recognizable nose, namely its intense sensitivity to smell and his ability to uncover the cheeses that taste the best.

his store undergoes an unavoidable catastrop...more
Laura
Jul 04, 2008 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: foodies, anglophiles, mystery lovers, lazy readers
If you were the kind of person to call a book a 'romp,' then you'd waste no time in calling 'Edward Trencom's Nose' one. I'm not that kind of person. I WILL call it a quirky, fun novel---kind of a cross between 'Tristram Shandy' and Susskind's 'Perfume,' but jollier than both.
Edward Trencom is the last of the famous English cheese-purveying Trencoms. Like his forbears, he has a passion for cheese and knows everything about them. He can tell you where any given cheese was made, when, what the co...more
C. Janet Austin
I thought it was actually a different clever little book... something a bit out of the norm but intriguing indeed! I did not get bogged down in the cheese names but rather just followed the story & have been pleasantly pleased with the entire experience :-)

i actually bought the book partly because i felt sorry for it being on the clearance rack and each week when I went to my bookstore & saw all the copies were still there, so I read the inside cover & decided to give it a go... I am...more
Karl
London-based journalist Milton is my favorite author. He is known for writing about exploration and travel history. This is his first novel. The story is that of the nine generation Trencom family cheese shop in London and an ancient Byzantine riddle. As the mystery unravels, the characters search for meaning and purpose in life in the attempt to discover their true genealogy. It's an expertly told, fascinating story.
Oceana2602
Jun 18, 2008 Oceana2602 rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The most entertaining thing about this book were the cheese metaphors I came up with while I read it.

It started with a weak "cheesy", developed into "emmentaler - not exciting and not classic, but still quite good on pizza", briefly climaxed with "Gorgonzola - excellent, though you don't want to look at the blue parts too closely", and then it went downhill to "cheese skewers - the cheese is fine for the evening, but what are the barely alive pickles doing there?" until it finally reached "Gouda...more
Audrey
I was charmed by this book. It wasn't gripping or profound, but it was comfortable, dryly witty, clever and a bit unusual. I like books that don't grab you by the gut and drag you through the story and this was definitely one of them. NOTE: If you are conservative, as I am, you might want to be warned that there is some very integrated married sex--not graphic, not titillating. It is used to drive the plot and define the characters. There is one non-married sexual relationship which was again, n...more
Ellen
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Jose Vera
Giles Milton nos entrega una novela ágil, divertida, rápida de leer y con un objetivo fundamental en mente: Entretener.

Y lo logra.

Edward Trencom es el dueño de Trencoms, una quesería en Londres con más de 300 años de antigüedad. En realidad es la quesería más importante que hay. Pero Edward tiene también una habilidad especial su nariz ha sido bendecida con una sensibilidad (y forma) única. Es capaz de detectar las sutilezas de un tulumotiri, la procedencia exacta de un tomme, o que vaca dio la...more
Polly
Why: Sale rack at the book store and we are flying to Montana on Monday
Review: Delightful book. Michael was so enthralled that he is reading his non fiction books as well. One is about white slaves in the Arab world. We are eating more cheese.
Bill
Well now, I think the subtitle is nearly perfect. This is unique. If smell is the sense that best brings back memory, then this should be memorable book... and it is. Read it.

Only flaw is a slightly predictable ending.
Carol
Went into this book somewhat dubious , but it was an utter delight to follow the remarkable trencomes trough history and pray Edward avoids the curse. It has also helped my knowledge of cheeeeesssse
Cameron
If, like me, you love odd, bizarre, and extremely unconventional stories then this is for you. Otherwise, don't try it.
Clare
The title gave the indication that this was no ordinary, run-of-the-mill read and it lived up to that promise.
Kalyn
This book was fun! Some repeated overuse of specific words, but a very interesting and funny story.
David Frankstone
Aug 03, 2008 David Frankstone rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David by: Laura
I liked this book very much. I learned a good bit about cheese and appreciated an inventive plot.
Jane
The cover description of this mystery held so much promise! What a concept - a man with a powerful nose and a family history in the cheese business. One day while rummaging in his shop's cheese cellar he finds a box of papers tracing his lineage back to London's Great Fire of 1666. As he delves into previous generations of Trencom men, he discovers they all met murderous ends, perhaps in part to their nose leading them astray, and the more he learns the more he realizes he is being caught in the...more
Kevin
This was a fun but, in many ways, disappointing book. First, the good: In Edward Trencom and his many ancestors, Milton has created quirky and amusing comic characters. In particular, Edward's domestic routines and preoccupations, while stereotypically "English eccentric", are nonetheless amusing. The book is refreshingly odd, and there are genuine laughs to be had. I will also say that the initial hints at the book's mystery are likewise engaging. I was curious about Edward's familial history a...more
Kate
"Edward Trencom has bumbled through life, relying on his trusty nose to turn the family cheese shop into the most celebrates fromagerie in England. His nose -- able to discern the composition, maturity, and quality of cheese -- is the very same nose bestowed on all the Trencom men.

One day, Edward's world turns upside down when he stumbles across a crate of family papers. To his horror, he discovers that nine previous generations of his family have come to sticky ends because of their noses. Edwa...more
Susan
Oct 28, 2007 Susan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like puns, mysteries, and cheese
What if your birthright were a hereditary knowledge of cheese and a rather remarkable nose? You would likely, as Edward Trencom and all the Trencom's before him, become a cheesemonger. This little mystery centers Trencom, his nose, his family history, and a whole lot of cheese. I can't really go into detail, because after 77 pages, not much had happened, and I gave up. I picked this up as a lark, but found that I don't have the patience to suffer through an awful lot of pretentious cheese refere...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Who could resist a title like that, especially when cheese is involved? Certainly not me.

However, I was a little disappointed by the insufficiency of cheese geeking in the book. I expected there to be more. It's as if someone took a Kage Baker with less knowledge of the writerly craft and Dan Brown, made them do the fusion dance, and had the result write this book. (+ for bothering to look up the names of actual med/Ren health/food manuals, - for concocting an ostensible 18th C. newspaper articl...more
Lizzie
I really enjoyed this! Right up until the end! I was SO disappointed! I really was!
I loved the characters in the book, sometimes I did get a little confused about which generation of Trencom's the story was about, but the development of the story really made it worth reading. It was interesting to see how Edward Trencom's character changed throughout the book, and his determination to find out his families history. The ending, as I said earlier, really disappointed me. I was expecting some acti...more
Lisa
Kooky, funny suspense story. Who knew cheese could be so much fun? I wish there had been a family tree in the book because I had trouble keeping track of the nine generations of Trencoms and their wives. The author kept me in the dark until the very final pages and I wish we had gotten a few more details earlier on in the story. All in all, a silly, light-hearted comedic suspense story. I highly recommend you go back to the preface and reread it after finishing. I would definitely read another G...more
Americanogig
Yet another intriguing plot not played out well. The whole novel seemed anachronistic. I felt like I was supposed to be reading in the Victorian but it was actually the 1960s. Quite a difference. The big reveal at the end was severely disappointing. The only really good things I can say about this book is the publicist did a good job of making it seem more than it was and that it made me go out and buy some really awesome cheese. Though I'm not so sure the latter is so good now that I think abou...more
Brad
a very charming book. a heard the narrative in my head much the way that "Pushing Daisy's" the tv show is narrated. a bit of a heightened reality though very grounded in story line and the characters are totally likeable, even in there very "British-ness". there is also SO much about cheese but it's needed to give the main character his identity. It helps if you've smelled some really good cheese instead of the normal processed tat you get at American stores. at the end of the book i was quite s...more
Kristin
I don't think this book fully deserves 4 stars but it left more than a 3 star impression on me. I absolutely loved the cheese shop history and storyline. I thought Edward was quirky and charming and I enjoyed him as a character. I did not understand a lot of the snippets of past relatives, even at the end there was no clarity. I also felt like there was a lot of intimate scenes which could have been omitted. However, I really enjoyed the language of the novel and would gladly read another by Mil...more
MB
Re-reading for the 2nd time. I love this odd book. (I think you'd have to have an weird sense of humor to enjoy it though...like me.) It is quirky, unique, and witty! In some ways it reminds me of some of Joan Aiken's adult novels like Blackground or The Trouble With Product X.
Katarina
Sep 11, 2009 Katarina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katarina by: No one
Shelves: already-own
I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like my kind of book. It was a bit funny from time to time and it really made me hungry for cheese (which really isn't saying much since I love cheese to begin with). And I normally like the kind of story that tells the tale of a family and their history that cover many centuries. But it was actually a bit boring and the conclusion was just too implausable. Milton didn't simply come up with a good enough story. And the ending was just... dull.
Zaphirenia Theodoraki
It was ok, indeed. Milton clearly has a sense of humor and the idea was... interesting. But it was not intriguing neither unexpected. Being Greek and aware of the history, I found no difficulty to predict what would happen or the end (not the part that is given in the beginning, the part before that).
It's a book that you have absolutely nothing to lose if you don't read it at all but still, you will find it amusing, even fun if you read it -as I did- at the beach.
ChinaSparrow
What a strange book. A strange idea as well - a tale of a man who has a nose for cheese, a fantastic nose indeed. But strange happenings are occurring, and he loses his sense of smell (about the same time he discovers sex), becoming mixed up with a missing heir, a murder, various disasters, and most of all, cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Clever, amusing, strangely compelling. But how this concept was sold to a publisher, I will never know.
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British writer and journalist Giles Milton was born in Buckinghamshire in 1966. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and exploration. In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas.

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