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Mr Rosenblum's List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman

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‘Prepare to be seriously charmed.’ The Times

‘A treat of a book.’ Guardian

‘Utterly charming and very funny’ – Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A charming novel about an irrepressible man, his long-suffering wife and a Very English dream.

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…

Reviews

'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 <i>The Outcast</i>
'Utterly charming and very funny'
Paul Torday, author of <i>Salmon Fishing in the Yemen</i>
'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.'
<i>Telegraph</i>
Prepare to be seriously charmed.
<i>The Times</i>
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 <i>The Outcast</i>
Utterly charming and very funny
Paul Torday, author of <i>Salmon Fishing in the Yemen</i>
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.
<i>Telegraph</i>
The light yet poignant tone makes for an unusual, richly comic novel...a treat of a book.
<i>Guardian</i>
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.
<i>Herald</i>
A subtle and moving examination of the dilemma faced by immigrants to modern Britain.
<i>Observer</i>
A tender exploration of the nature of home.
<i>Marie Claire</i>
Written with and skill, humour and sympathy
<i>The Lady</i>
[Solomons] has an exceptional feel for the Dorset countryside.
<i>Country Life</i>
A delightful tale of one man's determination to fulfil his dream.
<i>Stylist</i>