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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Nel 1987, il mondo di Sue Bowl cambia per sempre. Sua madre muore, lasciandola con la sensazione di aver perso una parte vitale di sé. E come se non bastasse, suo padre se la fa con un'orribile mangiatrice di uomini di nome Ivana. Ma la madre le ha sempre detto di fare del proprio meglio con quello che ha, e ciò che le è rimasto sono il suo amore per la scrittura e una zia ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Harlequin Mondadori (first published March 13th 2014)
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Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I hadn't realized this was such a YA book. Sue, the 17 year old protagonist, came off as closer to 14 to me, very immature.

As a bit if plot re-hashing, which I normally avoid, her mother's just committed suicide, and she hates her dad's fiancée, so she's off to her Aunt Coral at her mother's family estate, or at least manse. At that point, some of the story is told in flashback form over Coral's lifetime from her journals; I liked that as an alternative to Sue mooning over a boy she can't have
Robin Stevens
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny enough to make me laugh out loud on the train, sweet enough to make me fall completely in love with the wonderfully hapless characters. Sue is a brilliant creation, and this is an utter delight.
Tracey Seaman
Easy read but still a little thought provoking.
A fun, light read. Better than your average Chick Lit.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

Campari for Breakfast is unlike anything I have ever read before and I absolutely loved it! This fantastic novel, set in 1987 tells the story of seventeen year old Sue, who devastatingly loses her Mother and feels like she has lost a part of herself. But she finds a saviour in her Aunt Coral who she moves in with for her gap year, in the beautiful crumbling home of Green Place. Here she is determined to write and book and
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I double loved the craziness of this book ,took a few double takes as well until I clocked that the" spelling mistakes" are all part of the book! Again, I probably wouldn't have chosen to read this book but I am very glad I did .It is refreshingly creative, looking as it does through the eyes of a bereaved seventeen year old Sue, with massive aspirations to being a writer, who goes to live with her Aunt Cora who turns out to be her great aunt through one of the many twists and turns of this ...more
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sue goes to live with her great-aunt Coral following the death of her mother. During her time there, she uncovers family secrets, and brings together a cast of wholly eccentric characters.
I was really impressed that although I thought I had guessed where the suicide note was hidden and who Buddleias father was - I was totally wrong! I thought the letter would be hidden in a book in the library. So where I thought that the plot would be too predictable - the author truly proved me wrong.

I liked
Julie Cohen
Absolutely delightful and charming. Loved it.
Sarah Lee
I read Campari for Breakfast by Sara Crowe for the book club which I belong to. It isn’t something that I would have normally read. It did take me a little bit to get into the book, but I did manage to finish and kind of enjoy it?
The main character is a young girl called Sue, who has moved to stay with her eccentric relative (Aunt Coral), in her rather large, grand home (albeit rather run-down home) following the death of her mother, who has committed suicide. Sue is a pseudo intellectual who
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1987, seventeen - year - old Sue Bowl decides to stay at Green Place, home of her elderly Aunt. It's less than a year since her mother has committed a suicide and Sue can't come to terms with this and the fact that her father has already a girlfriend. Sue's ambition is to be an author and as her Aunt wants to help her, they organize a creative writing group. The group is composed of some eccentric and eclectic members who very actively partake in the
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Coral, Cameo, Sue
Green Place
Joe, Icarus

This was just charming.
Beth Shorten
Meh...really meh.
Julie McAliece
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. A very easy enjoyable read. I was very surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty awful, a poor man's Adrian Mole.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I met the author at an excellent reading event at Storytellers Inc in St Anne's, Lancashire, and she kindly signed my copy, my view of this book is enhanced. At first it reads as a frivolous and silly yarn, but there's a lot lurking in there.

The story switches between the inter-war and then the war period, through the eyes of the matriarchal Aunt Coral (although circumstances have left her with no children of her own)and the '80s, when a young woman comes of age, having suffered a tragic
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me cry with laughter on the bus. Very witty, very charming.
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

It’s 1987 and seventeen-year-old Sue Bowl’s world has just been turned upside down by her mother’s unexpected suicide. She can’t understand that her father is already together with another woman and decides to go and stay with her aunt Coral, who lives in an enormous country house with the name Green Place. In order to preoccupy herself with other things, Sue wants to focus on her ambitions to become an author. She starts a
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen-year-old Sue Bowl has gone to live with her Aunt Coral at Green Place, the family's ancestral home. Sue's mother Buddleia died recently, her father has taken up with a new woman, Ivana and Sue hates her. Aunt Coral's invitation is perfect, she will make the best of what she has, just as her mother always urged her to.

Campari for Breakfast is told through Sue's diary entries, in her own slightly quirky, and often muddled words. Interspersed between Sue's words are extracts from Aunt
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book. It was really captivating, exciting and moving. I liked how it had so many plotlines in it, yet every single one of them came to its place. Some more abruptly than others, but none of them felt unnecessary or just put in the book to be a page filler.

I really liked the family dynamics in the novel, especially between our main character Sue and her auntie Coral... and I also thought the Ad Actra Literary Club's meetings were sweet, cute and done well... it was the
~ Elizabeth
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'Reads like a cross between I Capture the Castle and Love, Nina' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Bookseller

A crumbling ancestral home with English eccentric tenants, family secrets hidden in the walls and a ghost (or trespasser?) in the abandoned wing, I unexpectedly fell head over heels for this book and its cast.

It is also the most misrepresented book I've read in a long time, was the publicist drunk on one of Aunt Coral's herbal wines?

I saw this book in a Sunday magazine and the synopsis never alluded
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I’ll preface this review by admitting that at one point Campari for Breakfast looked like it would be my first DNF book of 2015. I am glad I persisted, though truthfully I only did because I was reading this for book-club, because after the first 200 pages it got more interesting.

Campari for Breakfast hinges on your feeling of Sue, if you connect to her then I think you’ll be charmed by this book, her stay with Aunt Coral in Green Place and the other tenants that reside there. There
Karen Whittard
I'm still unsure what I thought of this book. I gave it a three out of five but I think I was trying to be nice as I don't really like negative reviews. But I just can't get myself excited for this book. I really liked the look of this book and the description on the back serves my right for being superficial. The book inside was heavy going and hard to read. I didn't think it was very funny. And I'm not sure it was aimed at the right people. I think this should be a young persons genre. I know ...more
It's 1987 and 17 year old Sue decides to spend her gap year at Green Place, her elderly Aunt's stately home. It is less than a year since her mother's death, and her father has already taken up with a new girlfriend. Sue throws herself into life in Egham. She loves the manor and, her Aunts' various tenants and companions; finds a job at the local cafe, falls in love, spurns the love of another, and writes a novel. In between all of these events is the unearthing of family secrets, a house ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cross between Adrian Mole and I Capture the Castle, this delightful story is set in 1987 and is about the quirky 17 year old Sue Bowl. She moves into Green Place, the crumbling family country house, after her mother has committed suicide. Here she encounters a colourful cast of eccentric characters. I liked Sue's diary entries as they reveal her wit and romanticised view of the world. Over the course of the year she experiences unrequited love, heartbreak and the Egham Hirsute Group where she ...more
Karen Morley-Chesworth
I picked this book as it had been a You magazine book club choice about a year ago and only just got round to reading it - and wished I'd done so earlier.
A girl's rite of passage, and an innocent gentle tale set in the 1980s.
When her mother commits suicide And her father announced his wedding to his mistress Sue decides to move out of the suburban family home and in which her maternal aunt's crumbling mansion - and here she discovers more about the families history and herself. A really
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful book. How strange that: the narrator's mum has recently committed suicide, and our 17 year old heroine has chosen to live with her aunt, rather than remain at her home with her dad and his new partner, whom she loathes. But she is charmingly witty, hopeful, optimistic and perceptive. She uses malapropisms to great effect. Her aunt's lodgers are plain eccentric, her co-workers at the cafe where she spends her days the source of many of her pains and pleasures. I loved this book and ...more
Zarah Crawford
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is a sacrilege to compare this twee and flimsy exercise to I Capture the Castle. Crowe influences are clear: put The Diary of Adrian Mole; and the novels of Nancy Mitford and Stella Gibbons into a blender and mix to a mushy pap. A boring, silly premise punctuated by pointless and unconvincing happenings and peopled with characters who are little more than excruciatingly "eccentric" ciphers. Hated it.
Davida Chazan
Sue Bowl was only 17 when her mother committed suicide - a maturing experience, but she's still naive. Only months later, she goes off to stay with her Aunt Coral, leaving her father with his new girlfriend, but taking all of her questions with her. Read my revised review of this novel here.
Jo van de Velde
A good choice for a quick, easy read. The ongoing mis-spelling / misuse of words was a bit odd though. At first I thought they were typos, but eventually I realised it was deliberate and it really bothered me!
The story wasn't overly complicated or deep, but the characters were interesting and likeable, which kept me going and interested to know the ending.
Isobel Meikle
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrator in this was 17 and the writer very successfully wrote with a very young voice and the angst of this young girl felt genuine to a point. I enjoyed this book, though I was a little bored by the narrator's 'comedy writing'.
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Sara Crowe is best known as an actress. She has appeared on television, stage and film, including the iconic Four Weddings and a Funeral. She has won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Variety Club Best Actress Award and the London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Sara’s West End appearances include Private Lives, Calendar Girls and Hay Fever. She has also ...more