The Glutton

The Glutton: Signed Edition

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 21/09/2023
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The Glutton
Gorgeous and Grotesque
The Glutton is the story of a naive boy with a peculiar talent and an insatiable appetite, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. A hungry boy ... READ MORE
Jack at Glasgow Argyle Street


Sister Perpetue is not to move. She is not to fall asleep. She is to sit, keeping guard over the patient's room. She has heard the stories of his hunger, which defy belief: that he has eaten all manner of creatures and objects. A child even, if the rumours are to be believed. But it is hard to believe that this slender, frail man is the one they once called The Great Tarare, The Glutton of Lyon. Before, he was just Tarare. Well-meaning and hopelessly curious, born into a world of brawling and sweet cider, to a bereaved mother and a life of slender means. The 18th Century is drawing to a close, unrest grips the heart of France and life in the village is soon shaken. When a sudden act of violence sees Tarare cast out and left for dead, his ferocious appetite is ignited, and it's not long before his extraordinary abilities to eat make him a marvel throughout the land. Following Tarare as he travels from the South of France to Paris and beyond, through the heart of the Revolution, The Glutton is an electric, heart-stopping journey into a world of tumult, upheaval and depravity, wherein the hunger of one peasant is matched only by the insatiable demands of the people of France.

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781803510552
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm

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The Glutton
Commands Your Attention
I read and loved The Manningtree Witches and The Glutton certainly has that uncanny, slightly off kilter vibe that made The Manningtree Witches so compulsi... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Glutton
An appetite for the gloriously bazaar
In the skilled hands of A.K. Blakemore the story of Tarare, a boy with endless appetite, comes to vivid, gory life. The Glutton takes us back to the tumult... READ MORE
The Glutton
Detailed telling of a Legend
If you were a fan of A.K. Blakemore’s previous book “The Manningtree Witches”, then I think you will love this. It is based on the legend of Tarare, a boy ... READ MORE
The Glutton
Historical fiction of Tarare the Glutton
Most assuredly my sort of book so firstly, thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For reasons unknown (except perhaps the oddity of Tarare's disposition) it rem... READ MORE
The Glutton
The Glutton
The outstanding book of the year for me .Extraordinary writing . The protagonist evokes pathos and revulsion in equal measure . Highly recommended .
Judith Gilbert
The Glutton
very odd book
This was a really odd book, that I'm finding difficult to review. I'm not sure the reader is supposed to like or even enjoy it, and, although Im not parti... READ MORE
The Glutton
What an astonishing book. I was caught up by the outstanding use of words, the vocabulary, words I recognised but hadn't seen in a while and words I didn't... READ MORE
Barbara Scott Emmett
The Glutton
Unique gem of a read
This is such a great, unique read. It's rare I come across a book where I think I've really read nothing like it, and this is one of those gems. Tarare ... READ MORE
Lucy Williams