Mr Rosenblum’s List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman
List item 2: Never speak German on the upper decks of London buses.
Jack Rosenblum is five foot three and a half inches of sheer tenacity. He’s writing a list so he can become a Very English Gentleman.
List item 41: An Englishman buys his marmalade from Fortnum and Mason.
It’s 1952, and despite his best efforts, his bid to blend in is fraught with unexpected hurdles – including his wife. Sadie doesn’t want to forget where they came from or the family they’ve lost. And she shows no interest in getting a purple rinse.
List item 112: An Englishman keeps his head in a crisis, even when he’s risking everything.
Jack leads a reluctant Sadie deep into the English countryside in pursuit of a dream. Here, in a land of woolly pigs, bluebells and jitterbug cider, they embark on an impossible task…
Sprinkled with a hint of magic, this debut is a delight. * Daily Mail * almost irritatingly impressive...she strikes the perfect note with simple, evocative metaphors. I was forced to accept that this was a rare treat; a debut novel that is pretty much flawless... * The Times * delightful debut...Solomon's narrative has shades of both P.G. Wodehouse and Isabel Allende...There are also echoes of Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem in this whimsical novel's deep seam of inquiry into the nature of Englishness. * TLS * A delightful tale of one man's determination to fulfil his dream. * Stylist * [Solomons] has an exceptional feel for the Dorset countryside. * Country Life * written with and skill, humour and sympathy * The Lady * 'a tender exploration of the nature of home'. * Marie Claire * 'a subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain'. * Observer * An affectionate portrait of a spirited man trying to find a little corner of the world where he can truly belong...[Solomons] successfully treads the fine line between comedy and the precarious plight of refugees in an entertaining tale that has resonances in contemporary Britain. * Herald * The light yet poignant tone makes for an unusual, richly comic novel...a treat of a book. * Guardian * 'In her charming debut, Natasha Solomons folds together Jewish baking, golf and Dorset folklore to create a singular comic confection... Solomons crafts a fine pastoral comedy from Jack's eccentric endeavours to reshape the land and from his encounters with rustic labourers who seem to have absconded from the pages of a Hardy novel... Sadie provides a touching counterpoint to the comedy... Much of the delight in this novel stems from Solomons' feeling for types of traditional knowledge that are on the verge of obsolescence.' * Telegraph * 'Utterly charming and very funny' * Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen * 'The descriptions of England - as friend, adversary and eventually homne - are exquisite. Jack Rosenblum, a foolish, deeply sympathetic protagonist, is exasperating and admirable in equal measure. A touching, surprising and satisfying read.' * Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast * Prepare to be seriously charmed. * The Times *
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