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Edward Trencom's Nose

A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue, and Cheese

Giles Milton

St. Martin's Griffin

Situated on London’s Foster Lane, there is a quintessentially Georgian, redbrick house with a green door bearing the sign trencoms, 1662.  It’s the home of the Trencom family’s cheese store, a generational establishment begun by Humphrey Trencom that now, 303 years later, is run by Edward Trencom.  Quaint though it may seem, it bears witness to a strange occurrence of “accidents” that seem to befall every generation of the curd-loving family.…
            Edward Trencom has bumbled through life, relying on his trusty nose to turn the family cheese shop into the most celebrated fromagerie in England.  This was no ordinary nose, but one long, aquiline, and furnishing the trademark circular bump over the bridge---the very same nose bestowed on all the Trencom men.  It was extraordinary, able to discern the composition, maturity, and quality of cheese---and the Trencom noses had sniffed, whiffed, and judged the very best cheeses of the world.
            But on an ordinary day, Edward’s world is turned upside down when he stumbles across a crate of family papers. To his horror, he discovers that nine previous generations of his family have come to sticky ends because of their noses.  When he investigates---despite his grandfather’s caveat never to look into the origin of his nose---Edward finds himself caught up in a Byzantine riddle to which there is no obvious answer.  And like his ill-fated 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 mouthwatering blend of Tom Sharpe and P. G. Wodehouse.  From the noble Roquefort to the piquant Èpoisses, every page is permeated by the pungent odor of cheese. Praise for Giles Milton:
 
“He has a rare ability---a talent for sifting fine pearls from faraway sands and for transmuting the merely arcane into little literary gems.”
---Simon Winchester, The Boston Globe 

“Milton spins a fascinating tale. . . . Exuberantly eccentric characters stride the pages.”
---Time magazine on Nathaniel’s Nutmeg
 
“In an exceptionally pungent, amusing, and accessible historical account, Giles Milton brings readers right into the midst of these colonists and their daunting American adventure.”
--- Janet Maslin, The New York Times, on Big Chief Elizabeth

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Edward Trencom's Nose
PART ONE 
 
I3 SEPTEMBER 1666 
 
Humphrey Trencom rolled over and sniffed at the air. He was caught in that blissful state of nonbeing that lies somewhere between slumber and wakefulness. He was aware of his legs but only as weights. He could feel his hands but only their warmth. Yet his vigilant nose was already alert to the fact that something in the here and now - in this very chamber - was not quite right.In the time it took to trigger an alarm in his somnolent brain, Humphrey allowed his thoughts to drift back to the world of sleep.
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  • Giles Milton

  • Giles Milton is a writer and journalist. He has contributed articles to most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and exploration.  In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.  He has written four previous books of nonfiction, including the bestselling Nathaniel's Nutmeg, and has been translated into fifteen languages worldwide.  This is his first novel.
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A Novel of History, Dark Intrigue, and Cheese

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