Killian Lone knows he was born to cook. But if there’s one thing he worships more than food, it’s the superstar chef Max Mann. In 1985, Chef Mann’s glamorous London restaurant King is as famous for its ultra-refined Nouvelle Cuisine menu as it is for its starry clientele and its apparently good natured executive chef. When Lone secures a coveted apprenticeship at King, he is horrified to find that, behind closed doors, Chef Mann runs his kitchen with a regime of fear, violence and psychological torture.
But Lone is no ordinary apprentice. As darkly troubled as he is special, he comes from a line of gifted cooks stretching back to the 16th century. The earliest among them was Mary Dor who worked for the first Earl of Sussex who – so the family legend has it – turned on Mary and had her burnt as a witch.
When Lone inherits Dor Cottage and discovers the dark secret behind his family’s, he uses it to extract a terrible revenge on the man he once adored.
This is Killian’s confession – a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food.
“A talented, ambitious writer... This is a fine, well-crafted debut.”
“A wonderful, dark story weaving fictionalised grotesque with true kitchen horror stories... Will Storr creates a fable about ambition and foibles seasoned with page turning compulsion... this isn't the sort of story you forget in a hurry.”
Will Storr is a long-form journalist, novelist and reportage photographer. His features have appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, The Times Magazine, The Observer Magazine, The Sunday Times Style and GQ, and he is a contributing editor at Esquire. He has reported from the refugee camps of Africa, the war-torn departments of rural Colombia and the remote Aboriginal communities of Australia, and has been named New Journalist of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. His critically acclaimed first book, Will Storr versus The Supernatural is published by Random House in the UK. The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone is his first novel.