Lawrence Norfolk - John Saturnall's Feast
Released: 13/09/2012 BloomsburyThis adopts the folkloric feel and archaic verbiage of Norfolk's first novel, 1991's Lemprière's Dictionary, yet it is culinary treats rather than lexis plated up in his latest. A British Civil War drama, it charts an orphan's escape from a witch-hunt mob, and his ensuing rise to become the greatest cook of his age. Royal catering and inter-class romance included. For more information visit: http://www.letthefeastbegin.co.uk/ Buy: http://www.foyles.co.uk/item/Fiction-Poetry/John-Saturnalls-Feast,Lawrence-Norfolk-97… Watch:
Guardian“A long-awaited 17th-century banquet...” But if the novel is less determinedly unusual than Norfolk's Lempriere's Dictionary or The Pope's Rhinoceros, its focus lends it clarity, and the material is fascinating...
The Observer“Skillfully entangles folklore and foodlore...” The earlier child's-eye chapters, though more opulent in tone, are less compelling than the later accounts of the battlefield but Norfolk's writing is at its strongest when he's describing the symbolic significance of certain dishes...
The Telegraph“A fantastical tale of conflicts and comfits...” Norfolk is an expert on obscure sources as well as sauces. His blend of horrid history and oddly credible fantasy deserves to be consumed by the masses...
Publishers Weekly“Artfully told...” Known for intellectual prose and complex plots, Norfolk this time out attempts to interweave time and senses, reality and myth, rewarding steadfast readers with savory recipes and a bittersweet upstairs-downstairs love story...
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