Penguin Presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Chop Chop by Simon Wroe, read by Daniel Weyman.
Two months behind on his rent, young graduate Monocle swallows his dreams and takes the only job he can find: the lowest-rung chef in a gastropub in Camden. Here he finds himself surrounded by a group of deranged, criminal hoodlums (his coworkers) and at the mercy of an ingenious sadist (the head chef, Bob).
What follows is a furiously paced, ribald, raucous, and deeply touching tale of loyalty and revenge, dark appetites, and fading dreams and a young man finding his way in the world as he is plunged into the fat and the frying pan and everything else besides.
Hard to put in any pigeon hole - this book is beautifully written and narrated but can be quite dark at times.
Daniel Weyman's voice is an excellent match for the expansive, but not pretentious, use of vocabulary. Our hero? claims to be an English Literature graduate and it reminded me a bit of a darker younger version of a David Lodge book.
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I loved this book! At the beginning I found the story really dark and not enjoyable at all but as I kept listening I realised that there's more to this book than a bunch of peculiar people working in a pub in Camden: it's about people controlling other people, manipulation, willpower. Chop Chop is a hilarious tale of friendship that's not obvious and it's about the everyday life in North London. This book is a great debut and I'm really looking forward to listening to more audiobooks by Simon Wroe.