'What you risk reveals what you value...'
The Passion is a fairy tale about survival and broken-heartedness, cruelty, obsession and madness.
Henri had a passion for Napoleon and Napoleon had a passion for chicken. From Boulogne to Moscow Henri butchered for his Emperor and never killed a single man.
Meanwhile, in Venice, the city of chance and disguises, Villanelle was born with the webbed feet of her boatman father - but in the casinos she gambled her heart and lost.
As the soldier-chef's love for Napoleon turns to hate he finds the Venetian beauty, and together they flee to the canals of darkness.
'It's a fantasy, a vivid dream... inventive and brilliant' Guardian
'As moving and funny as it is skilful, and reflects the author's formidable appetite for life' Sunday Times
**One of the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**
Publisher: Vintage Publishing