The Glutton


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A. K. Blakemore's debut novel, The Manningtree Witches, won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and was a Waterstones Book of the Month. She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Humbert Summer and Fondue, which was awarded the 2019 Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection, and has also translated the work of Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo. Her poetry and prose has appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, the Poetry Review and the White Review, among other publications.


'An embarrassment of riches. A sensory assault fit to slap any reader awake with its gorgeous glut of baroque prose and wise, poised lessons on life, pleasure, class, desire, and love' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'The Glutton contains some of the most striking writing I have read in a very long time. An audacious and humane study of desire, pain and tenderness; a remarkable book about a remarkable subject by a remarkable writer' - Keiran Goddard, author of Hourglass

'An extraordinary accomplishment, a truly horrible and truly glorious novel. I devoured it. AK Blakemore's intelligence is tempered by a profound and merciful human compassion, and the tragic making and breaking of Tarare is going to be with me for quite some time. Heartbreaking.'- Annie Garthwaite

'Relentless and shocking, bursting with life in all its thrilling vulgarity, The Glutton will dog your days. Blakemore's history is not to be tiptoed around. Her prose is unstoppable, full of bawdy viscera, singing of the cruelty and seduction of the past... It will have you squirming between sympathy and revulsion, pleasure and pain.' - Alex Hyde

'It's an irresistible subject for fiction and AK Blakemore attacks it with vigour in her second novel The Glutton... The result is a baroque triumph to parallel such classics as Rose Tremain's Restoration and Patrick Sskind's Perfume... Blakemore is an assured writer with imagery to die for... Sensibly, Blakemore keeps that action [of the French Revolution] on the periphery, mentioned in passing or retrospectively, like the insistent beat of a not-too-distant drum... In one of the book's many unforgettable scenes, Tarare and his travelling companions enter a chteau already ransacked by republican marauders. The grime and stains left behind on the exquisite furniture and a massacre of the household's pet doves make for a brutal foreshadowing of France's convulsive stride into modernity. Yet ultimately Blakemore's version of the "Hercules of the Gullet" emphasises most persuasively the yawning chasm between feast and famine, licence and denial' - Financial Times

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