Edward Trencom has bumbled through life, relying on his trusty nose to turn the family cheese shop into the most celebrated fromagerie in England. But his world is turned upside down when he stumbles across a crate of family papers. To his horror, Edward discovers that nine previous generations of his family have come to sticky ends because of their noses. When he investigates further, Edward finds himself caught up in a Byzantine riddle to which there is no obvious answer. Like his ancestors, he is hunted down by rival forces whose identity and purpose remain a total mystery. Trapped between the mad, the bad and a cheese to die for, Edward Trencom's nose must make a choice and for the last nine generations it has made the catastrophically wrong decision. Giles Milton's deliciously comic debut novel is a mouth-watering blend of Louis de Bernieres, Tom Sharpe and P. G. Wodehouse with every page permeated by the pungent odour of cheese.
Giles Milton is the author of six works of bestselling narrative non-fiction, including Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Samurai William , Big Chief Elizabeth and White Gold. His forthcoming work of non-fiction, The Week the World Forgot is published in September 2006. This is his first novel. He lives in London and France with his wife and daughters.