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Subtitle The highly improbable, but occasionally true, tale of a professional wine buyer
By Peter Stafford-Bow
Published By

Thistle Publishing

ISBN 9781786080660
Fiction Genre Humour
Publication Date 07/12/2018
Price 11.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corkscrew-highly-improbable-occasionally-professional/dp/1786080664
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corkscrew-highly-improbable-occasionally-professional-ebook/dp/B07CCFW82L


Felix, a tragic orphan, is expelled from school, cast out 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.

Authors Biography

Peter Stafford-Bow, 43, is a wine and supermarket executive based in London. He has twenty years’ experience in the international wine trade and has worked for some of the largest retail chains in the world, in the UK and abroad. Corkscrew is his first novel.


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

“Peter Stafford-Bow’s first novel, CORKSCREW: The Highly Improbable, But Occasionally True, Tale of a Professional Wine Buyer, follows Felix Hart as he rises comically from an ejected prep school student to a major player in the wine industry, narrating his account to a panel of mysterious investigators. But CORKSCREW is more than just a string of eccentric and naughty anecdotes—it’s a chronicle of one man’s undeserving good fortune as he bounces around the world buying wine and climbing up the corporate ladder of retail. CORKSCREW will make the reader squirm, cringe, eye-roll and surely laugh out loud as he travels through the pages of this tale, negotiating, charming, escaping danger, and drinking wine with Felix.”

“Boasting casual storytelling mastery and the sharp-tongued wit of Tom Robbins, Peter Stafford-Bow presents an incredibly amusing and unpredictable tale. For wine lovers or those who simply love a great story, this is a mad ramble through the tangled world of wine, taking readers across two continents and countless adventures of one exceptional character, Felix Hart. Corkscrew is a strange cross between a thriller and a farce, but Stafford-Bow pulls it off with panache – and a self-aware smirk on his face.”
John Staughton

“This book gets a big thumbs up from me… this is not for youngsters.”

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  1. Pure entertainment! Very witty, imaginative and lively.

  2. Tom Sharpe with added wine. Very funny.

  3. Genuinely snorted and guffawed out loud.

  4. Very humorous and well written, extremely entaining especially for those that work in the industry. Well done and a thumbs up and highly recommended!

  5. I could not put it down. Pure entertainment!

  6. A great, thoroughly enjoyable read… such a fun insight our crazy industry!

  7. A right rollicking read, haven’t enjoyed a book so much in ages!

  8. Very funny keeps you hooked all the way, so very good referencing from a former life and colleagues, great ready

  9. Hugely entertaining, smart, funny – a pleasure to read

  10. We read this book for book club over a year ago and still comment on how much we enjoyed it

  11. Boozing, bonking and an Islay infused bong, the hilarious rise to fame of the author, thoroughly enjoyed it, the perfect holiday read

  12. Very amusing account of a supermarket buyer operating without the need of scruples. Must be true!

  13. Fabulously funny! And an interesecting insight into the wine buying world. Must read.

  14. Very, very funny. Some classic lines that stick in your mind and make you giggle inappropriately long after you’ve finished!

  15. I can honestly say that this is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read!

  16. An uproarious adventure!! Hilarious page-turner I couldn’t put down. Enjoy it with a glass (or more) of wine. Cheers!

  17. Classic tales of hilarity in the wine industry- absolutely ripping !

  18. Brilliant, funny, fabulous… a great holiday read. Go on give it a try!

  19. one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in years.
    A must read for any wino.

  20. Hemingway meets Wodehouse! I can’t wait to read it again!

  21. Very entertaining. Loved it.

  22. Hilarious – self-indulgent spiders made me laugh out loud by the side of the pool!

  23. As a lover of wine and satire, I thought this book was absolutely amazing! I didn’t want it to end! Bravo, PSB on your masterful work!

  24. Fantastic, a read full of belly laughs. A satire that anyone who enjoys a glass of wine can relate to!

  25. Laugh out loud funny, I enjoyed every moment. Highly recommended!

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