OTHER BOOKS BY JOHN BARLOW
ISLANDERS is a YA novel about a boy's search for his father.
Ben Brewer was born during a war in which his father was lost,
presumed dead. But when a message arrives to say that his dad is still
alive, Ben sets out to find him.
journey takes him and a group of friends back to the Mainland, now
devestated by germ warefare and ecological destruction. But Ben
believes his dad is still there, and wants to know why he never came
back from the war...
EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL is a travelogue, a food book, and a memoir about Galicia in Northern Spain.
But The Squeal' makes you want to get on the next flight to Santiago de
Compestella and find that restaurant to eat Cocido. Rick Stein
in January with a gargantuan serving of pork stew, and culminating with
a traditional pig slaughter (big knife, no anesthetic) in Decemberl, Everything but the Squeal
is one man's gastronomic love affair with that most unassuming of
animals, the pig. It is also a fascinating exploration of a virtually
unknown region of 'green' Spain.
John Barlow, self-confessed
glutton, lives in Galicia, the misty-green northwest corner of Spain.
It is one of the most meat-loving places on earth, and where the pig is
always prominent on the menu.
This gets Barlow thinking about
the nature of our relationship with food: what's delicious, what's not,
and what sort of obligation we have to the animals we eat. Over the
course of one glorious, bilious year, Barlow vows to eat everything the
pig has to offer: everything but the squeal. And to make matters worse
on a meat-quest like this, he's married to a vegetarian.
travels, Barlow takes part in a thousand-year-old ant-throwing
festival, stops off for pig's trotters at a hippy commune, makes
pig-bladder puddings for carnival, and eats a beautifully spiced
pancreas... All washed down with plenty of the local wine.
In the tradition of Calvin Trillin and Anthony Bourdain, Everything but the Squeal
is an adventure in extreme eating, a hilariously quirky travel book,
and a perceptive look at how what we eat makes us who we are.
EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL was a finalist at the Cordon Bleu World Food Awards, 2010.
First published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in the US.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JERRY PICCO?
Farewell My Lovely meets Californication.
Jack Storm PhD, disgraced ex-college professor and unlicensed PI. Since
getting turfed out of Berkeley for violent misconduct, he's turned his
brains and his 250-pound frame to solving
crimes. Working out of Los Angeles (and the trunk of his 20 year-old
Mercedes Benz), Jack has finally found his true place in life: the
When Jerry Picco goes missing, Jack is called in to
help. Picco is the world's greatest 'erotic actor', and his
disappearance has come at a difficult time for the diminutive porn
star. He's left a heap of debt, a career in nosedive, and a screen
partner with plenty reasons to want him gone.
Jack has his own
reasons for trying to find him. Apart from anything else, he's one of
Jerry's biggest fans. The only clues he's got: a Polaroid of seven
little men in the woods, and some story about a princess. For fans of
Carl Hiaasen and Janet Evanovich, What Ever Happened to Jerry Picco? is a romp of a noir with a literary twist.
INTOXICATED: A Novel of Money, Madness, and the Invention of the World's Favorite Soft Drink
in 1869, the novel tells the story of a family of Yorkshire
industrialists whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of
Rodrigo Vermilion, a foul-smelling hunchback midget dressed in rags. INTOXICATED
is a booze-swilling, cocaine-soaked novel of excess and madness in
rural Yorkshire, set amid the great commercial developments of the late
nineteenth century. It's a novel about drinking, about invention and
re-invention, about home, language... and soft drinks.
INTOXICATED was named as a BookSense Notable Title and an Editor's Choice at the Historical Novel Society
Read an extract, or see a 45-second video version of the novel.
Deutsch (lesen und extrahiernen)
First published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in the US.
EATING MAMMALS is a collection of three novellas, all of them about mammals
and all based (loosely) on fact.
is a story about a man who eats furniture for a living. Next, a tale
about a winged cat named Thomas-Bessie. Finally, a romance between two
pie makers, set in the Yorkshire village of Gomersal.
Read an extract here.
'Eating Mammals' (previously published in the Paris Review, and winner of the Discovery/Plimpton Prize), 'The Possession of Thomas-Bessie', 'The Donkey Wedding at Gomersal'
First published by 4th Estate in the UK and HarperCollins in the US.