The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone

Author(s): Will Storr


This is Killian's confession - a strange tragedy about love, ambition and incredible food - Killian Lone comes from a long line of gifted cooks, stretching back to the 17th century, and yearns to become a famous chef himself. When he starts an apprenticeship under Max Mann, the most famous chef in London, he looks set to continue the family tradition. But the reality of kitchen life is brutal and relentless. Even his fellow apprentice, Kathryn, who shows Killian uncharacteristic kindness, can't stop him being sucked into the debauched and viscious world of 1980s fine dining; and gradually he is forced to surrender his dream. Then he discovers a dark family secret - the legacy of a long-dead ancestor, who was burnt as a witch for creating food so delicious it was said to turn all who tasted it mad. Killian knows he can use this secret to achieve his ambitions and maybe, finally, to win Kathryn's affections. But is he willing to pay the price?


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"A talented, ambitious writer... This is a fine, well-crafted debut." - The Independent "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." -Bookbag

Will Storr is a journalist, novelist and photographer. His features have appeared in numerous newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times and The Observer. He has been named New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year. His critically acclaimed first book, Will Storr versus The Supernatural is published by Random House in the UK. Killian Lone is his first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781780720807
  • : Short Books Ltd
  • : Short Books Ltd
  • : February 2013
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823.92
  • : Will Storr
  • : Paperback