Celebrating food, feasting and the liberating power of female friendship, Lara Williams' novel follows a group of women brought together by a monthly supper club. As they eat, talk and take up space in a world that has taught them to not to, what starts as a simple idea becomes a catalyst for revelation and transformation. A debut that demands to be devoured whole in one glorious sitting, Supper Club is a hedonistic, subversive delight.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag meets Nora Ephron's Heartburn in this savagely funny and perceptive tale of rage and joy, hunger and friendship, bodies and the space they take up in the world.
Twenty-nine year old Roberta has spent her whole life hungry - until the day she invents Supper Club.
Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad men and bad sex, of hinted expectations to talk less, take less, be less. So they gather after dark and feast until they are sick. They drink and dance and roar. And, month by month, their bodies expand.
At the centre of the Supper Club stands Roberta - cynical yet anxious, precocious and lost. She is seeking the answer to a simple question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?
This is a story about the hunger that never goes away. And it is a story about the people who make us what we are - who lead us astray and ultimately save us. You look hungry. Join the club.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 20 mm
'Supper Club is outrageously good - dark, funny, and joyful. From the first page to the last, it's a delight' - Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
'Fantastic. Funny and incisive with some of the best food writing I've read. A full-fanged celebration of the carnal, the feral and the freedom that comes when women rediscover their own appetites. I love it' - Caroline O'Donoghue, author of Promising Young Women
'The most visceral, satisfying, wildly indulgent thing I've read in years - about growing up and learning how to embody conflicting desires, as a woman and an animal. I adored Supper Club' - Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
'[A] delicious first novel... Williams writes with warmth, wit, and wisdom, serving up distinctive characters and a delectably unusual story. Supper Club will satisfy your craving for terrific writing and leave you hungry for more from this talented writer' - Kirkus
'A bacchanalian homage to women's rage and female friendship' Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without YouEngrossing, humorous and candid, [this] exploration of a woman on the verge of finding herself makes for an enthralling novel' - Publishers Weekly
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“Join the Club”
This is a really unique novel-unlike anything else I've read, and the idea of the Supper Club itself is an amazing one- I want an invite!
Roberta is a fascinating character, and the novel swings back and forth... More
A book about all the ways in which women are encouraged to be smaller, quieter, to take up less space - and what happens when a group of women decide to make themselves bigger, embracing what they have always hungered... More
“Deserves to be a huge hit!”
Lara Williams deserves huge success with this novel. She has created characters with depth and heart; it's impossible not to feel like you know them.
I'm not going to lie, it was the cover that attracted... More
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