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Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

  • Author
    • Natalie Young
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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, though it's not for the faint-hearted. Will Lizzie have the strength to follow it through?

Dark, funny and achingly human, Season to Taste is a deliciously subversive treat. In the shape of Lizzie Prain, Natalie Young has created one of the most remarkable heroines in recent fiction.
  • Published: Jul 03 2014
  • Pages: 304
  • 196 x 130mm
  • ISBN: 9781472209399
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Press Reviews

  • Tom Tivnan, <i>The Bookseller</i>

    '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'
  • The Sunday Times
    Set to be one of the most talked about - and most gruesome - books of 2014
  • The List
    Young delivers an authentic portrait of a neglected marriage, and her light and compelling prose carries this macabre tale along
  • Deborah Levy, author of <i>Swimming Home </i>

    An enjoyable feast of anger - witty and poised
  • Stefan Merill Block, author of <i>The Story of Forgetting</i>

    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
  • The Times
    A stomach-turning and terrific novel...a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriage
  • Harper's Bazaar
    2014's most talked-about novel
  • Daily Mail
    One of the most talked-about books of the year...filled with black humour
  • Irish Independent
    Daring, groundbreaking and original
  • Image
    'Brilliantly disturbing... echoes of Roald Dahl's dark adult fiction... fascinating in the most gruesome way. Delicious!'
  • Observer
    Engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of being human...compulsively readable
  • The Times
    Stomach-churning and terrific
  • Evening Standard
    Move over Fifty Shades, there's a brand new genre whipping the publishing world into a murderous frenzy
  • Sunday Express
    Young has created one of the most memorable literary anti-heroines... A beautifully nuanced and gentle portrayal of a quietly desperate woman
  • New York Times
    If prizes were given out for this year's most unreliable narrator, Lizzie Prain would be the one to beat
  • Daily Express
    This darkly funny book will leave you craving more as Young charts the extraordinary disposal process with unerring and at times uncomfortable detail and triumphs by blending social satire with biting wit
  • Heat
    A wholly unique and brilliantly witty dark comedy
  • Woman and Home
    I couldn't resist...Tasty!
  • Stylist
    Dark and twisted, but beautifully written with a sprinkling of humour
  • Closer
    Not for the faint-hearted, this is a brilliant dark tale of an unassuming woman trying to cook her way out of her murderous predicament
  • Grazia
    Is this the female American psycho? Quite possibly
  • Irish Independent
    Young is relentless in poking our food-obsessed culture right in the eye. This book, however, is so much more than a slicing satire. 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. Lizzie Prain's isolation is palpable, her despair is as hot and urgent as her blind panic. It is a rare gem, this novel, appealing to the popular fiction market and equally providing a gluttonous feast for the literati
  • Daily Mail
    Young writes in a wonderfully detached, dry-as-a-bone (!) style. A thunderclap, definitely