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Foul Matter

By Joan Aiken

Published May 2018



I have been on nodding terms with death since age nineteen.

Death holds precious little mystery for me.  During the last sixteen years I have eaten death for breakfast…


For accomplished writer and chef Clytie Churchill suffering and love come hand in hand.

The life of each person she loves seems to come to a desperate end – sickness, suicide, death by drowning, orphan and widower Clytie has grieved through it all.  During a long night reminiscing in a remote French Chateau she resolves to throw out all this Foul Matter – like the old proofs of a finished book.


But there is still one mystery to solve.  When she learns there is a chance that little Finn, her dead husband’s son, could have survived the sinking of his father’s boat Clytie seeks out lawyer and ex-lover Anthony to help her track him down.


Award-winning author Joan Aiken touches upon love and death with a thoughtfulness and courage that makes Foul Matter a romantic suspense novel like no other.


Joan Aiken has written with her usual ebullient wit a book that is as frothy and easily digestible as one of its heroine’s very best soufflés.

Nina Bawden



Aiken holds the reader’s attention from start to finish – an action-packed tale told reflectively, intelligently, and at times movingly.

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