The most subversive and gloriously unexpected novel you'll ever read about the end of a marriage and its aftermath. Funny, sad and exquisitely written, it is guaranteed to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.
Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving...
Meet Lizzie Prain, ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes.
No one has seen Lizzie's husband, Jacob, for a few days. That's because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she's going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob's shadow, she needs to dispose of his body.
Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, although it's certainly not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through to the end?
Blackly funny and achingly human, Season to Taste is the extraordinary story of how Lizzie Prain reclaims her life.
About the Author
Natalie Young worked for The Times for several years, and was then Books and Arts Editor of Prospect magazine. She is now a full-time mother and writer.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
One day Lizzie Prain, a fifty something housewife living in a cottage in the British woods, decides to murder and eat her husband Jacob. She does so methodically, following the encouraging notes she has written herself about how to get over her disgust.
This very dark premise sounds like a real recipe for success but it did not work for me. I found Lizzie’s voice insufferable. She irritated me so much I would happily have boiled her myself.
I only mention it because this book is bound to attract attention given its shock value, and I am sure other readers will find its grotesque mixture of the nasty and the homely appealing.
For me it’s not a patch on books in the food and crime genre like The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester.
A stomach-turning and terrific novel...a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriage The Times Engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human...compulsively readable Observer Daring, groundbreaking and original Irish Independent One of the most talked-about books of the year...filled with black humour Daily Mail Stomach-churning and terrific The Times An enjoyable feast of anger - witty and poised -- Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home 'Season to Taste is written in a laconic, pared-down style that immediately brings to mind Camus' L'Etranger. If that seems a somewhat grand comparison, it is not, for Young's book is one of those rare beasts - a literary novel of ideas written in simple language that could be both a university set text and a supermarket bestseller' -- Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller Set to be one of the most talked about - and most gruesome - books of 2014 The Sunday Times Young delivers an authentic portrait of a neglected marriage, and her light and compelling prose carries this macabre tale along The List Season to Taste is a modern-day fable about the end of love and moving on. Natalie Young has given us a shockingly, thrillingly new vantage on a timeless story of marriage's demise -- Stefan Merill Block, author of The Story of Forgetting 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!' Image Move over Fifty Shades, there's a brand new genre whipping the publishing world into a murderous frenzy Evening Standard
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th January 2014
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.31