Author(s): Peter Salmon
This, then, is my coffee story. I should have written it years ago, of course, before my lungs turned to black rubber and left me arse to bedsheet in a prison hospital - a traitor to my country, to my family, to my wives, Moira and the first one, to my Ethiopian friends, but mostly to Lucy, who came out of the jungle with a coffee bean in one hand and a silver lighter in the other. Let me tell you about Lucy. Hope and hatred, lust and idealism, cowardice, bravery and atonement. England, Ethiopia, Cuba, America. But always coffee. Bring me one more cupful you saccharine, sacrilegious bastards. We may be in for an all-nighter.
Peter Salmon is an Australian writer now living in the UK and running The Hurst - the Arvon Foundation writing centre once owned by playwright John Osborne. He has written for television and radio and has published short stories. The Coffee Story is his first novel.