Season to Taste by Natalie Young
(Tinder Press / Little, Brown, 2014)

Season to Taste

by Natalie Young

Lizzie Prain, 50-something, lives in a cottage in a quiet part of Surrey, with her dog. She generally avoids the neighbours. She likes cooking. She is married to Jacob.

Lizzie hasn’t worked for some time, but the recruitment agency have found her a nice job in the reception of a hotel just over on the A31 between Guildford and Farnham. She can walk to work! It feels good to be busy again.

Lizzie also has a sideline in baking cakes. She made one that looks like a pair of shoes, for the young man who works behind the bar in the Dog and Duck to give to his girlfriend.

No-one’s seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days. That’s because Lizzie killed him last weekend by caving in the back of his head with a spade. Over the course of the next month, she will eat his body, piece by piece, starting with his hands and feet, and orbiting in towards his heart. She is composing a guide to help other women who find themselves in this situation, full of recipes, tips for dealing with unusual smells in the kitchen and the metabolic changes that accompany such a protein-rich diet, as well as how to field the awkward questions, the loneliness, and the nightmares that will follow.

Funny, sad, exquisitely written and deeply disturbing, Season to Taste is a novel about the definitive end of a marriage, and its very strange aftermath.

Reviews

Young writes in a wonderfully detached, dry-as-a-bone style. ”
- Daily Mail
‘It is a thriller in the truest sense. I swallowed it whole, eager and enthralled. The narrative is crisp and snappy, the dialogue sparse, the pace never skips a beat. ”
- Irish Independent
It tells the story of 53-year-old Lizzie Prain from Surrey, who kills her nasty husband of 30 years with a garden spade, chops him up and turns him into various internal-organ stews and testicle sausages. What EL James did for sales of handcuffs — the idea goes — so Natalie Young will do for freezer bags and E coli.’ ”
- Krissi Murison, The Sunday Times.
Engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human...compulsively readable.”
- Observer
Set to be one of the most talked about - and most gruesome - books of 2014.”
- The Sunday Times
2014's most talked-about novel.”
- Harper's Bazaar
Brilliantly disturbing... echoes of Roald Dahl's dark adult fiction... fascinating in the most gruesome way. Delicious!”
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