Publication Date: 25/01/2024 ISBN: 9780857529565 Category:


Lottie Hazell

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 25/01/2024 ISBN: 9780857529565 Category:



Her life is so full, so why is she hungry?

‘A cunning critique’ Financial Times

‘A sharp, dark, must-read story about appetite, ambition, secrecy and shame’ Daily Mail

‘An insightful, stomach-churning debut novel about the corrosive power of secrets’ Mail on Sunday

‘A dark, weird, satisfying tale about greed and desire’ i News

‘A food-filled debut of class and ambition’ Guardian


For Piglet – an unshakable childhood nickname – getting married is her opportunity to reinvent. Together, Kit and Piglet are the picture of domestic bliss – effortless hosts, planning a covetable wedding … But if a life looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Thirteen days before they are due to be married, Kit reveals an awful truth, cracking the facade Piglet has created. It has the power to strip her of the life she has so carefully built, so smugly shared. To do something about it would be to self-destruct. But what will it cost her to do nothing?

As the hours count down to their wedding, Piglet is torn between a growing appetite and the desire to follow the recipe, follow the rules. Surely, with her husband, she could be herself again. Wouldn’t it be a waste for everything to curdle now?

Piglet is the searing, unforgettable and original debut which is set to take readers by storm in 2024.


‘Satirical and funny… Hazell has much to say about our food-obsessed snobbery and she plates up a deliciously-written narrative, generously peppered with lethal ground glass’ Irish Independent

‘Delicious, dark and thought-provoking’ Hello!

‘A debut that needs to be on your radar… A rich, vibrant, visceral book, that is brimming with acerbic wit and mouth-watering food, this is dark, witty and explores societal pressure and body image in an unforgettable way’ Glamour

Publisher Review

Piglet is luscious and disturbing and propulsive, and I completely devoured it. It's a book about hunger and secrecy and women made small by convention. And it's a book that tears at the surface of things to reveal the vast, messy truth of a body with a beating heart. * Catherine Newman, author of We All Want Impossible Things * It takes audacity and all kinds of courage to produce a novel as ferocious and weird as Piglet. The narrative accelerates like nothing else I've read, opening onto dead-end domestic conformity and then driving us all the way out into the wildernesses, where the possibility for liberation, the fulfilment of desires might be discovered. It made me so hungry. * Lamorna Ash, author of Dark, Salt, Clear * Piglet is a compelling, entertaining novel about wanting - and deserving, and learning to deserve - more. I was particularly taken with the way in which Hazell writes about food, which is described in luxurious and dynamic detail throughout the novel, as central to the story as Piglet herself, and its place in shaping women's inner lives and identities. * Cathy Thomas, author of Islanders * Appropriately, I inhaled it. Piglet is an engrossing novel about who and what we crave in life. Rich and tender, moving and rousing, hunger-inducing and inspired. A high-wire exploration of control, pleasure and desire that left me feeling well and truly satisfied. * Chloe Ashby, author of Wet Paint * I read this book in a single gulp, thrilling and horrifying at once. Lottie Hazell takes a butcher's knife to the pleasure principle, and serves up a deliriously amusing, wanton portrait of self-destruction. A visceral insight into the damage a patriarchal class society can wreak on the stomach. A tale without redemption, but with many troubled pleasures. * Amber Husain, author of Meat Love * Ambitious prose Nora Ephron would be proud of. Hazell captures the subtle class divide in contemporary British life with precision-all while serving the reader a bacchanal of delicious food writing that will have you craving more * Marlowe Granados, author of Happy Hour *

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