John Saturnall's Feast
John Saturnall's Feast
A Novel
Lawrence Norfolk

Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

A beautiful, rich and sensuous historical novel, John Saturnall's Feast tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, and rises through the ranks to become the greatest Cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one boy's rise from outcast to hero.

Orphaned when his mother dies of starvation, having been cast out of her village as a witch, John is taken in at the kitchens at Buckland Manor, where he quickly rises from kitchen-boy to Cook, and is known for his uniquely keen palate and natural cooking ability. However, he quickly gets on the wrong side of Lady Lucretia, the aristocratic daughter of the Lord of the Manor. In order to inherit the estate, Lucretia must wed, but her fiancé is an arrogant buffoon. When Lucretia takes on a vow of hunger until her father calls off her engagement to her insipid husband-to-be, it falls to John to try to cook her delicious foods that might tempt her to break her fast.

Reminiscent of Wolf Hall and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, John Saturnall's Feast is a brilliant work and a delight for all the senses.

Title John Saturnall's Feast
Subtitle A Novel
Author Lawrence Norfolk
Publisher Grove Press
Title First Published 24 September 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 410 p.
ISBN-10 080212173X
ISBN-13 9780802121738
Publication Date 24 September 2013
Main content page count 410
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $17.00

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