Meat, by Joseph D’Lacey

  • ISBN: 9781905636150
  • Published: 21st February 2008
  • Size: 198 x 129 (B format paperback)
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: £7.99
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God is supreme. The flesh is sacred. From this all nourishment flows…

Abyrne is a decaying town, trapped by an advancing wilderness. Its people depend on meat for survival. Meat is sanctified and precious, eaten with devout solemnity by everyone.

A feud smoulders between the religious and secular powers holding the town in their thrall – whoever controls the food supply controls everything. Conflict is imminent.

“Joseph D’Lacey rocks!”

Stephen King

But a handful of people suspect Abyrne is evil, rotten to its religious heart. They’re prepared to sacrifice everything for the truth.

What goes on in the meat processing plant? Where does meat really come from?

The townsfolk are hungry. The townsfolk must be fed…

You’ll never look at meat in the same way again.

In Meat, D’Lacey brings into shocking focus some of the key concerns of our time. Getaway Car, his first short story, was published in 2001 by Cadenza. Since then his work has appeared in anthologies, magazines and online. Meat is his first published novel. He lives in Northamptonshire with his wife.

Reviews of Meat

“It’s a throwback to those sharp-edged pages of Barker’s bloody books. It does what it says on the packaging, (unlike most products you’ll find in the supermarket these days). You are what you eat and D’Lacey makes the residents of Abyrne eat every last bit of the animal. Yes, even those bits. He expertly carves emotion from the protagonists and details their diseased lives in uncomfortably raw prose. (But then we wouldn’t want our post-apocalypse existence to be anything but uncomfortable would we?).”

Mathew Riley, Bookgeeks

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