Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband

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.

If prizes were handed out for Most Unreliable Narrator of the Year, Lizzie Prain would be the one to beat – New York Times

 A terrific novel….a brilliant and literal dissection of a marriage – The Times

Every now and then a cultural phenomenon comes along and unearths something heretofore unacknowledged – a groundswell of emotion or desire hidden behind the decorous surface of our day-to-day lives….Daring, groundbreaking and original – Irish Independent

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 Bookseller

 Could this be the female American psycho? Grazia

This year fifty shades-style literary sensation – Sunday Times Magazine 

Like Delia’s guide to eating dead people – Sunday Express 

A subtle emotional and psychological exploration of an all-consuming marriage and Lizzie’s yearning for independence. As Lizzie gorges herself yet is never quite fulfilled, this macabre and grotesque novel engrossingly depicts not only bodily appetite but the deepest emotional hunger pangs of the human – The Observer

Blackly comic – Sunday Mirror

Lots of fun and wickedly subversive – Glamour

An extraordinary novel, suffused with melancholy, guilt and madness. It’s as if Patricia Highsmith and Auguste Escoffier collaborated, with input from Edgar Allan Poe – Independent on Sunday

Exquisitely written and shot through with dark humour Good Housekeeping

Set to be one of the most talked about – and most gruesome – books of 2014 -The Sunday Times

A convincing portrait of suburban disappointment hidden in the gruesome wrapper – The Independent

The Next 50 Shades of Grey? Tale of Cannibal Housewife Tipped as New Year Bestseller – International Business News

Young delivers an authentic portrait of a neglected marriage, and her light and compelling prose carries this macabre tale along – The List

 Set to be one of the most talked-about books of the year – A thunderclap, definitely – Daily Mail

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

Move over Fifty Shades, there’s a brand new genre whipping the publishing world into a murderous frenzy – London Evening Standard

An enjoyable feast of anger – witty and poised – Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home

Young has created one of the most memorable literary anti-heroines… A beautifully nuanced and gentle portrayal of a quietly desperate woman – Sunday Express

Dark and twisted, but beautifully written with a sprinkling of humour – Stylist

Not for the faint-hearted. A brilliant dark tale – Closer

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.” – DAILY EXPRESS

‘A wholly unique and brilliantly witty dark comedy’ – HEAT 

‘I couldn’t resist…Tasty!’ – Woman and Home

‘ ‘Dollop a great spoon of redcurrant jelly, and add another sprinkle or two of best-quality sea salt.’ If you’re going to use a gimmick like this, you need to commit to it thoroughly, and Season to Taste drives it home. There are over a hundred items in Lizzie’s list, making it completely unsuitable for Buzzfeed. Young nails the robust voice of positive affirmations, the subtle jokes and mundane tips that veer into sheer nerve-shredding terror. It’s a trick which the novel uses to blow big holes into the most boring parts of an English middle-class lifestyle. Even comfort eating isn’t a refuge anymore – Booklet

‘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.’ Irish Independent

‘Brilliantly disturbing… echoes of Roald Dahl’s dark adult fiction… fascinating in the most gruesome way. Delicious!’ – Image

Intriguing, disturbing and occasionally sick-inducing – Bella 

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