Lara Williams

Supper Club
  • Supper Club

  • WINNER of the GUARDIAN 'NOT THE BOOKER' PRIZE 2019

    BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR - Vogue, TIME, Vulture, Woman and Home, and many more

    'In the search for a new literary star, Lara Williams is the name that keeps cropping up' Stylist

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag meets Nora Ephron's Heartburn in this savagely funny and painfully truthful tale of hunger and friendship, bodies and the space they take up in the world.

    Twenty-nine year old Roberta has spent her whole life hungry - until the day she invents Supper Club.

    Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad men and bad sex, of hinted expectations to talk less, take less, be less. So they gather after dark and feast until they are sick. They drink and dance and roar. And, month by month, their bodies expand.

    At the centre of the Supper Club stands Roberta - cynical yet anxious, precocious and lost. She is seeking the answer to a simple question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?

    This is a story about the hunger that never goes away. And it is a story about the people who make us what we are - who lead us astray and ultimately save us. You look hungry. Join the club.

    'Daring, funny, humane, delightful. She's the real thing... This strange and impressive novel [is] the best on this year's shortlist' Guardian

    'A story of female desire, friendship, lust, and, above all, hunger. . . This novel will alternately make you laugh, tear up, and text your group chat begging to start a wayward dining committee' Vogue

    'Outrageously good' Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

    'The voice feels akin to Sally Rooney's: colloquial, precise, at once uneasy about its place in the world and determined to stand up for itself' Lara Feigel, Guardian

    'Wise, generous, exquisite' Andrea Long Chu, The New York Times

    'Utterly perfect on loneliness, isolation, friendship, love, appetite and body image' Marian Keyes

    'The most visceral, satisfying, wildly indulgent thing I've read in years - about growing up and learning how to embody conflicting desires, as a woman and an animal. I adored Supper Club' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

    'Fantastic. Funny and incisive with some of the best food writing I've read. I love it' - Caroline O'Donoghue, author of Promising Young Women

Lara Williams is the author of the short story collection Treats, which was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Edinburgh First Book Award and the Saboteur Awards and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her debut novel Supper Club has been translated into five languages, won the Guardian 'Not the Booker' Prize and was listed as a Book of the Year 2019 by TIME, Vogue and other publications. Lara Williams lives in Manchester and is a contributor to the Guardian, Independent, Times Literary Supplement, Vice, Dazed and others.