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Fiction focus: A matter of taste

Use your fictional characters’ responses to food to reveal complex life issues, suggests novelist Margaret James

Please, sir, I want some more.’

Oliver Twist’s demand for more gruel must be the most famous food-related reference in English fiction, but of course it’s not the only one. There are plenty of references to food in literature: about the abundance of it, as in James Joyce’s Ulysses in which Leopold Bloom’s delight in offal is graphically described, and about the lack of it, as in Helen Dunmore’s The Siege, in which the siege of Leningrad is realised all too distressingly.

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