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The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone [Paperback]

Will Storr
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2 Jan 2014
Roald Dahl meets American Psycho in a gripping tale about the filth behind fine dining

There are no ghosts, there are only stories too stubborn to die
There was a time when everyone in the country knew my name. I was the greatest chef in the world. But today no-one has heard of Killian Lone. This is my story. It must be told, now, for the final time. It begins in my boyhood. In this very kitchen...

"Hell's kitchen has a new head chef - Max Mann is one of the most compellingly repulsive villains in recent fiction and I rooted for his whipping-boy turned nemesis, Killian Lone, on every page. This is a pitch-dark, highly original fable about family, ambition and the redemptive power of cooking. By turns enchanting and grotesque, I couldn't tear myself away from it." Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178072182X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721828
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Painless entertainment - this is a fine, well-crafted debut" --The Independent
"Dazzling! Killian Lone is Perfume for the Gordon Ramsay generation." --Tasmina Perry, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author
"A wonderful, dark story weaving fictionalised grotesque with true kitchen horror stories - this isn't the sort of story you forget in a hurry" --Bookbag
"An intensely gripping tale of love, loss, ambition and ego - epic themes play themselves out to their inexorable, gut-wrenching finale." --Craig Pearce (BAFTA award winning screenwriter) "Excruciatingly vivid - always engaging" --David H Blog
"No writer has a better way with the supernatural." --Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Ghost Hunters

About the Author

Will Storr is a journalist, novelist and photographer. His features have appeared in numerous newspapers, including the Guardian, Times and Observer. He has been named New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone is his first novel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruined my holiday 18 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone is a very different animal. The book is about fine dining, cooking, the devil and magic herbs. Reading this book left such a deep impression that I immediately turned back to the first page, and am now nearly finished it for the second time. The quality of the writing, of the observation, and the characterisation is such that it kicks you in the stomach and makes your life seem inconvenient. His book is all consuming. I actually stayed at home one day whilst my family went out and appreciated Northern Cyprus so that I could read. When I finished it, my mother told me she was relieved as I'd been so rude.
It also turns out that Will Storr (who I actually somehow wasn't aware of previously) is an award winning journalist who writes about wars and famine, and does many important things in the world, so he is an all round wonderful man. READ THIS BOOK, IT'S A CORKER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, gripping and moving. 14 Aug 2013
By NickM
Format:Paperback
I found this unputdownable. The dark subject matter is lightened by upbeat and compelling narrative. Killian's internal and external worlds are so vividly crafted I could taste his pain. Thoroughly readable and recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing in a 'can't put down' way 23 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Though this book was disturbing in many parts, the way in which it is written meant I found that even though I was recoiling slightly I still couldn't put the book down. It's a dark story, but utterly fascinating too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - highly recommended 11 April 2013
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This is a fantastic first novel from a writer whose non-fiction I have long admired. Set amid the brutal kitchens of 1980s London's top restaurants, it is a faustian thriller full of vivid characters, intense relationships and mysterious dark magic which had me gripped from the first page to the last. An exciting, moving, tragic fable with a unique and memorable protagonist. Read it!
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