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  1. The Reluctant Cannibals
    The Reluctant Cannibals
    The Reluctant Cannibals
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  2. The Reluctant Cannibals

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A darkly humorous exploration of how a complete devotion to food can have unforeseen and shocking consequences

When a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a secret dining society, they happily devote themselves to investigating exotic and forgotten culinary treasures, until a dish is suggested that takes them all by surprise. Professor Arthur Plantagenet has been told he has a serious heart problem and decides that his death should not be in vain. He sets out his bizarre plan in a will, that on his death, tests the loyalty of his closest friends, the remaining members of this exclusive dining society. A dead Japanese diplomat, police arrests, and charges of grave robbing are just some of the challenges these culinary explorers must overcome in tackling gastronomy’s ultimate taboo: cannibalism.


Ian Flitcroft
Legend Times Group
Legend Times Group
Legend Times Group
Legend Times Group
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Shortlisted for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Award Winner

So here is a book I would not have looked at twice if it wasnt coming from the amazing Legend Press who have yet to bring me a book I have not liked. And yes, they have indeed done it again....

In the academic world of Oxford University several likeminded individuals have formed a secret dining society - finding forgotton and exotic recipes they enjoy some culinary treats. When one of their number, Professor Arthur Plantagenet, discovers he has a serious heart condition he comes up with a bizarre plan that will test the boundaries of the society to its limits....

I loved this one. It was a complete joy to read and unique in its concept and its execution. When a guest dies due to a mishap in the creation of one of the culinary treats - ""What a bloody marvelous way to die" says one character while the corpse is still fresh at the table - the group is... Read more
The Reluctant Cannibals is a delicious tale dripping with gallows humor and British wit. It's the zany story of Oxford intelligentsia who devote themselves to the gastronomical pursuit of sampling exotic and exquisite cuisine. While academics consuming new foods may seem like a dry topic for a novel, as the name suggest, the plot quickly takes a macabre twist.

After Professor Plantagenet is diagnosed with a heart condition due to his years of decadence, he submits a bizarre request to the shadow faculty of gastronomic science-one that teaches them just how far they're willing to go in the name of the perfect bite. Nothing goes smoothly as they have to deal with curing techniques, student rivalries and arrests for grave robbing. And since every boy's club needs a Vernon Wormer, they must also contend with Vice-Chancellor Ridgeway whose greatest desire is to see them disbanded.

From walls lined with leather-bound volumes, to the ghost who haunts the stone cellar,... Read more
This debut novel is darkly and deliciously disturbing. Set in Oxford University during 1969 and 1970, it features the Shadow Faculty of Gastronomic Science; the members of which are all Fellows of St Jerome’s College. Devoted to their dinners, to which they expand enormous effort, the Society suffer a setback when Takeshi Tokoro, guest of one of the founding members, Dr Augustus Bloom, dies while eating a dish he helped prepare himself. Enter Dr Ridgeway, the modern Vice-Chancellor, who is determined to have the ‘ridiculous boys’ club’ disbanded. However, the accidental death of the cultural attaché of Japan is nothing compared to the havoc which is about to be wreaked by one of its own members.

Arthur Plantagenet, who has devoted his life to gastronomy, discovers that his love of good food is going to shorten his life. However, far from deciding to cut back on his eating to extend his life, Arthur determines that the group should eat... Read more
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