Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan

19 in stock

  • "Resistance is futile, comparison likewise: Tara West is a true original, give in to her." —Glenn Patterson
  • "Tara’s first novel was an instant hit with critics, universally praised for its daring, its sharp wit, intelligent writing style and highly original theme and approach." —Damian Smyth, Head of Literature, Arts Council Northern Ireland
  • "A highly original new voice." —Daily Express
  • "Tara West is clearly an excellent writer." —Irish Independent
  • "Her language is vibrant and original." —Daily Telegraph

Meet The Author

Tara West is an Irish author based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first novel, Fodder, was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim and established her reputation as a fresh and original new writer. Her short stories are punchy and pithy, and give a flavour of real life in Northern Ireland. Tara appears regularly at literary and cultural festivals, and has received a number of Arts Council Northern Ireland Awards for her writing. She works in advertising and is a member of the Society of Authors.

“It’s not the worst thing, matricide. I thought about it regularly – it used to help me get to sleep at night. But the older I got, the less Mater mattered. Until that Sunday in February, when Georgie rang at eight in the morning to ask if I would come to her house and bring at least five bottles of bleach.”

Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan opens as thirty-year-old Tommie Shaw is shown a newspaper report by her Dettol-huffing sister, Georgie, revealing that their estranged mother, Gloria, is set to expose the family’s sad and sordid history in a scandalous new memoir. What follows is a hilarious and touching black comedy, as Tommie and Georgie’s panic spirals and they clamber to control Gloria, while dealing with the painful legacy of their childhood in an eccentric Irish commune.

With unforgettable characters such as Tommie’s monstrous boss, Jude, marketing man and luckless poet Kevin Loane, and a limo full of Morrissey impersonators – including Tommie’s best friend, Blob – Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan is a calamitous scramble through modern life and ultimately, a story about facing fears and moving on.

Weight 0.348 kg