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When a group of food-obsessed academics at Oxford University form a dining society devoted to promoting gastronomy, what could possibly go wrong? More than they ever imagined. Their well-intentioned explorations of gastronomy lead them into murky waters with a dead Japanese diplomat, charges of grave robbing and a bizarre cannibalistic experiment. The experiment is the brain-child of Professor Arthur Plantagenet. When told that he has a serious heart problem and may drop dead at any moment, he decides that his death should not be in vain. One night at dinner he announces his intention:'Gentlemen the grandest experiment in gastronomy is to answer the simple question, what is the taste of human flesh? I have therefore decided to donate my body to gastronomic science so that this very question can be decided beyond all doubt upon my death.'Professor Plantagenet goes on to deliver an academic tour de force that cites the law, the bible and great literature to make his grandiose plan seem almost reasonable. This all seems like an entertaining diversion until after his death when the surviving five members of the society are called to the reading of his will. It is only then that they find themselves legally obliged to tackle gastronomy's ultimate taboo. While Arthur's leg hangs in the organ loft of the college chapel, slowing curing in the manner of Parma ham, his former colleagues battle with the moral, spiritual and practical challenges of their appointed task. To make matters worse they are pursued by the authorities over the death of the Japanese diplomat and the removal of body parts from the hospital morgue. Ultimately they decide that their only escape is to fulfil the demands of this bizarre will.

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Ebook The Reluctant Cannibals - ABNA 2013 Entry read Online! I’m an eye surgeon at a children’s hospital in Ireland by day and for 15 years I’ve also been writing by night. I’m extensively published in the academic world with more than 30 scientific peer-reviewed papers and contributions to four multi-author books. I have been an intermittent contributor to ‘The Last Word’ column of the New Scientist magazine and included in “Do Polar Bears Get Lonely” (New Scientist and Profile Books publication 2008).
I’ve written an award winning popular science blog ( which has gathered in excess of 600,000 views over the last few years. This blog has been developed into a cartoon-style science book for young adults. ‘Journey by Starlight – A time traveller’s guide to life, the universe and everything’ has been published in the USA by One Peace Books in March 2013.
My first novel, The Reluctant Cannibals, reached the last 5 in the general fiction category of 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It is now being published by Legend Press on 1st October 2013.
I am also working on a revision of my second novel and have a growing collection of growing collection of food related short stories covering a range of topics from a lobster in love with a young girl, an oyster’s perspective on being eaten, to the girl who died because she didn’t eat enough cup-cakes.

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