From the publisher:
Norman Lewis moves from Spiritualist parents in Enfield to live with supremely dotty aunts in Carmarthen, whose baking of a weekly cake to feed the jackdaws gives the book its title.
Escaping his eccentric family by marrying the daughter of a Sicilian associate of the Mafia, Norman made a living as a wedding photographer and by dealing in cameras, while restoring and racing Bugattis for pleasure. Here we see his first journeys in Spain, Cuba and the Yemen, and a wartime spent in Algeria, Sicily and Italy, all of which acted as an apprenticeship for his career as one of the twentieth century’s greatest travel writers.
‘... as a witness to his own times – the good, the bad and the ludicrous – he is unmatched’ - Sunday Times
‘... this book, hilarious, tender, beautifuly written, is certainly one of Norman Lewis’s best.’ - Literary Review