Natalie Young penned a novel after being inspired by her divorce. Now her book, Season to Taste, is set to be one of the most controversial reads of 2014.
Admittedly, Season to Taste takes a somewhat extreme approach to ending a marriage. The book’s protagonist Lizzie, a 50-something housewife from Surrey, kills her husband and stores his body in the freezer. She decides to dispose of the body by cooking and eating him, piece by piece.
The macabre plot has already drawn attention from booksellers and journalists: newspapers are predicting that it will become one of 2014’s most talked-about books.
However the author, while emphasising that she had “no unpleasant thoughts of killing my own husband,” has described how Season to Taste was inspired by the end of her own marriage after 10 years.
She told one interviewer: “With two children to raise on your own it is unbelievably difficult. You have to deal with the guilt and explain why you left daddy.
“This book was a way of unconsciously depicting an extreme aspect of that very traumatic experience. It was a way of exploring the extreme repercussion of separation and divorce.”
Young, a former magazine editor, insists that her former husband has read the book and enjoyed it: “My ex-husband and I have a very good relationship. He has a really good sense of humour and finds the book very funny. He has read it closely to find bits of himself in [the husband], but hasn’t. I think it’s hidden very well.”
Instead, she believes Season to Taste to be a “feminist book, although it is not as simple as that. And it’s certainly not a man-hating book. However, women in marriages and relationships are so often trying to please men.
“We also allow ourselves to be exploited and devoured. Killing and then eating or devouring can be part revenge and even part love.”
Season to Taste will be published by Tinder Press in January 2014.