FIRING BLANCS

Volume Three of The Felix Hart Novels

 

Felix Hart, Head of Wine at Gatesave Supermarkets, is in a highly problematic spot. Choking his CEO to death during a boardroom presentation, through virtually no fault of his own, was embarrassing enough. But evidence that Gatesave’s South African wine supplier is brutalising its workers threatens a far greater scandal. Felix is ordered to Cape Town to suppress the bad publicity, only to find himself stranded, penniless, at a morally suspect township guesthouse.

Persecuted by his bosses, blackmailed by his suppliers, and terrorised by politicians, policemen and other criminals, Felix is forced to go deep undercover and fling himself on the mercy of his township hosts. But the forces ranged against Felix and his new allies are as powerful as they are ruthless, and Felix soon finds that he is very much expendable.

In a world of half-baked identity politics, blinkered western privilege and corporate woke-washing, Felix Hart is the white saviour we most need, and Firing Blancs the novel we most deserve.

'Fast moving and funny' - Tim Lott

CORKSCREW

 

The highly improbable,

but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer.

 

Volume One of the Felix Hart Novels

Felix, a tragic orphan, is expelled from school, cast onto the British high street, and forced to make his way in the cut-throat world of wine retail. Thanks to a positive mental attitude, he is soon forging a promising career, his sensual adventures taking him to the vineyards of Italy, South Africa, Bulgaria and Kent. 

His path to the summit, however, is littered with obstacles. Petty office politics, psychotic managers and the British Board of Wine & Liquor prove challenging enough. But when Felix negotiates the world’s biggest Asti Spumante deal, he is plunged into a vicious world of Mafiosi, people smuggling and ruthless multinationals. 

Part thriller, part self-help manual and part drinking companion, Corkscrew is a coruscating critique of neo-liberal capitalism, religious intolerance and the perils of blind tasting.

'One of the funniest novels I've ever read. I honestly didn't want this book to end.' - The Wine Stalker

BRUT FORCE

 

The further, staggering adventures

of a professional wine buyer.

Volume Two of the Felix Hart Novels

Felix Hart, a wine buyer at the top of his game, finds himself compromised by a ruthless, multinational drinks corporation.

 

Forced to participate in a high-profile, corrupt wine tasting, Hart is drawn into a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, pursued by blackmailers, assassins and organic wine fanatics.

 

The action moves from the Byzantine intrigue of the Minstrels of Wine to France's most glamorous chateaux, Hart relying on his quick wits, fine palate and a touch of muscle to stay ahead of his enemies. But he meets his match in Lily Tremaine, a beautiful and passionate sommelier,  who disrupts his easy, pleasure-seeking life and turns his world upside down.

'It's an insane novel. It's clever ... and brilliantly concocted.'

- Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com

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Corkscrew ISBN:        978-1-911079-35-4

Brut Force ISBN:        978-1-912615-80-3

Firing Blancs ISBN:   978-1-913036-23-2

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