Passion has long since been a stranger to food critic Helen Burns. At 28, she is merely going through the motions – technically proficient, but emotionally dead. However, no amount of professional experience could have prepared her for Bethel, a mysterious new restaurant tipped for a Michelin star.
In this crimson-hued, candlelit converted chapel, Helen finds herself embarking upon the most extraordinary thirteen-course meal, where each evocative dish has the power to take her back to a specific point in time. Suddenly, she is forced to remember the lonely family home that drove her into a dark fantasy realm, the life-affirming love affair with an astrophysicist that pushed her to her own limits, and the crushing heartbreak that allowed her to fall into her present relationship. As her deepest desires are slowly rekindled, Helen starts to wonder whether it could be her infamous childhood sweetheart, Temptation Himself, cooking up a storm in the kitchen…
Hungry, the Stars and Everything is a romantic comedy about whether it’s better to marry the love of your life with all the attendant passions and problems, or whether it is better to opt for someone loving and steady, if a little more predictable.
Betty Trask left a bequest to the Society of Authors in 1983 to fund a prize for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a romantic or traditional, but not experimental, style. The prize money must be used for foreign travel. Biographer Claire Tomalin presented the award at a reception on Thursday night. The event, celebrating seven literary awards, and twenty-three winning writers, was introduced by the Chair of the Society of Authors, novelist Lindsey Davis.
19 Jun 2012