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As Meat Loves Salt

by Maria McCann

Harpercollins (uk) | September 20, 2011 | Trade Paperback

As Meat Loves Salt is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Transplant Othello to the tumult of a country in social and political flux and en route to regicide - England in the 1640s - and render him uncertain about his sexuality, and you have the makings of Jacob Cullen, one of the most commanding characters in contemporary writing.

As the book opens, Jacob is an educated, vigorous and dauntingly strong manservant in a Royalist household, who has begun to imbibe god-fearing revolutionary pamphlets. He is on the brink of marriage to his virginal sweetheart, but is unsure of his emotional needs, and in possession of a boiling point he reaches all too often. He is also, we learn, fearful of being identified as the murderer of a local boy, and a potential nemesis arrives on the very day of his wedding feast, prompting the first of a series of impetuous, temper-fuelled bad decisions: Jacob flees, dragging his new wife and one of his brothers with him. Thereafter he proceeds to wreak havoc on the lives of others but mostly on his own fortunes - as a servant, a husband, a brother, a soldier, and, critically, as friend, co-conspirator and lover of another man disaffected by the lurch from freedom to tyranny now apparent in Cromwell's New Model Army. To step outside the law, outside the state, outside the established and natural order of things seems to supply the only prospect of happiness ...

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.33 in

Published: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007429266

ISBN - 13: 9780007429264

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing. I love this novel. I had doubts before purchasing it, but decided to take the risk since the price was too good to pass up. I'm so glad I got it! It's so tastefully written, Maria McCann definitely has a way with words. I enjoyed every bit of this novel and will surely re-read in the future.
Date published: 2014-09-23

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As Meat Loves Salt

As Meat Loves Salt

by Maria McCann

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.33 in

Published: September 20, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007429266

ISBN - 13: 9780007429264

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Transplant Othello to the tumult of a country in social and political flux and en route to regicide - England in the 1640s - and render him uncertain about his sexuality, and you have the makings of Jacob Cullen, one of the most commanding characters in contemporary writing.

As the book opens, Jacob is an educated, vigorous and dauntingly strong manservant in a Royalist household, who has begun to imbibe god-fearing revolutionary pamphlets. He is on the brink of marriage to his virginal sweetheart, but is unsure of his emotional needs, and in possession of a boiling point he reaches all too often. He is also, we learn, fearful of being identified as the murderer of a local boy, and a potential nemesis arrives on the very day of his wedding feast, prompting the first of a series of impetuous, temper-fuelled bad decisions: Jacob flees, dragging his new wife and one of his brothers with him. Thereafter he proceeds to wreak havoc on the lives of others but mostly on his own fortunes - as a servant, a husband, a brother, a soldier, and, critically, as friend, co-conspirator and lover of another man disaffected by the lurch from freedom to tyranny now apparent in Cromwell's New Model Army. To step outside the law, outside the state, outside the established and natural order of things seems to supply the only prospect of happiness ...

About the Author

Maria McCann was born in Liverpool in 1956 and spent most of her childhood there, devouring novels at every opportunity. She read English at the University of Durham and then embarked on a series of jobs including Citizens? Advice, telephonist, artist?s model and EFL teacher. Since 1988 she has been a Lecturer in English at a Somerset college. An Arvon course gave her the confidence to write after years of ?scribbling? and she later read for an MA in Writing at the University of Glamorgan. She loves plays, gin, dancing and dogs. This is her first novel.