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John Saturnall's Feast (Paperback)
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John Saturnall's Feast (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 26/09/2013
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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 fianc 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.

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802121738
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 203 x 137 x 33 mm

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“Move this book to the top of your reading pile”

In this excellent novel, Lawrence Norfolk shows us why it is worth taking your time to craft but also polish your work. After a 12 year hiatus, Norfolk has returned with a historical novel tackling themes of love,... More

Paperback edition
30th July 2012
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“Truly scrumptious!”

One of the best books I have read! I simply love this book, I was unable to put it down, and I was sad when I had finished as I really didn’t want it to end.
This beautifully written book combines history and myth,... More

Paperback edition
11th June 2013
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“A literary feast”

Not having read any of Lawrence Norfolk’s previous books I started ‘John Saturnall’s Feast’ not really knowing what to expect. I must say however, that before the end I had made my mind up to find his earlier works... More

Paperback edition
5th August 2012
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