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Piglet by Lottie Hazel

Piglet (a family nickname that she has never been able to shake) is about to marry Kit, completing her carefully curated life – job in the city editing cookery books, a new home in Oxford, in-laws just around the corner. An accomplished cook, delighting her guests with her thoughtfully prepared meals and her covetable culinary skills. She’s done it – she has left her small, suburban life behind her and created the life she aspired to have. And then, 13 days before the wedding, Kit reveals an awful truth, threatening Piglet’s world and calling into question what really matters.

Firstly I should say that if you aren’t hungry before you start this, you’ll be peckish by the time you finish. Food and cooking are main characters in this book and are beautifully evoked, providing Piglet with inspiration and comfort, shaping who she is. It’s a clever and highly readable take on what’s really important in life, the painful process of becoming adults and the tensions between who we have been, who we want to be and who we really are. It’s about friendship and family, love and difficult choices. And although I couldn’t always agree with Piglet’s behaviour or choices, she is highly relatable. I didn’t think that this was going to be my sort of thing – I’m glad to say I was wrong. 

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