Alexander McCall Smith
“A real romp of a book—full of surprises!”
“Funny, clever, silly in the right way, and strangely moving in its unexpected ending. I love the alt-Regency Bath that Keeling has built.”
“Bravo. A rollicking tale of corruption, intrigue and romance. A racy read!”
“By turns incisive, outlandish and hilarious! … there's a brilliance in The Gay Street Chronicles, half-modern, half-Dickensian.”
William “Bill” Keeling is a former foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and exposed a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal in Nigeria.
He eventually left journalism for chocolate, becoming co-owner of the historic chocolate company Prestat, but is still plotting his return to the true home of jollof rice.
William lives and writes in Somerset. Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé is the first in what will be a four-part series.
When Mrs Gaia Champion hosts her first supper after the untimely death of her adored husband Hercules, the meal goes sadly awry.
Enter gay hero Bellerophon “Belle” Nash: city councillor, grandson of Bath’s original Master of Ceremonies Beau Nash, and bachelor extraordinaire.
Assisted by a group of eccentric lady friends, Belle sets out to explore Gaia’s
culinary mishap, only to expose a web of corruption that goes to the heart of Regency Bath’s judicial system.
In doing so, he struggles to retain the commitment of his German “cousin”, and Princess Victoria—not yet Queen—persuades Gaia that all women can defeat the bonds of male repression.
Welcome to The Gay Street Chronicles!
Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé
PUBLISHER EnvelopeBooks / Broadsheet Books
EXTENT 288 pages
SIZE 203mm x 127mm (8” x 5”)
BIC CODES FV, YX, JFSK
GENRES Historic Romantic Comic Gay Fiction
PUBLICATION DATE 3 March 2022
PR/PUBLICITY Alan Jepson 07535 757740