Fierce Appetites : Loving, losing and living to excess in my present and in the writings of the past

Elizabeth Boyle
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Every day a beloved father dies. Every day a lover departs. Every day a woman turns forty. All three happening together brings a moment of reckoning. 

SHORTLISTED FOR THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022

Medieval historian Elizabeth Boyle made sense of these events the best way she knew how - by immersing herself in the literature that has been her first love and life's work for over two decades. Fierce Appetites is the exhilarating and deeply humane result.

Not only does Elizabeth Boyle write dazzling accounts of ancient stories, familiar and obscure, from Ireland and further afield, but she uses her historical learning to grapple with the raw and urgent questions she faces, questions that have bedevilled people in every age. She writes on grief, addiction, family breakdown, the complexities of motherhood, love and sex, memory, class, education, travel (and staying put) with unflinching honesty, deep compassion and occasional dark humour. Fierce Appetites is captivating and original - as an insight into the mind and heart of a groundbreaking scholar, and as a wise and reassuring account of what it is to be human.

'A book of blazing honesty that allows all the gorgeous complexity of the past into our messy present to remind us we've always been like this' Max Porter

'Unusual, arresting and genuinely enriching' Irish Times

'I loved this luminous, radical book about bodies in time. It is a deeply personal history, that simultaneously brings medieval myth and poetry to breathing, bleeding life. An education for the mind and the heart' Clare Pollard

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ISBN/EAN 9781844885442
Author Elizabeth Boyle
Publisher Penguin Random House
Imprint Penguin Sandycove
Publication date 3 Mar 2022
Format Paperback
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