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Join Author Jonathan Grimwood on Thursday, October 24 at The Ivy Bookshop as he reads from his new novel of appetite and revolution, The Last Banquet. (Reminder: Justin Kramon visits the Ivy tonight, October 22 @ 7 p.m. Click here for more information.)

About the Book

Set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment, the delectable decadence of Versailles, and the French Revolution, The Last Banquet is an intimate epic that tells the story of one man’s quest to know the world through its many and marvelous flavors. Jean-Marie D’Aumont will try anything once, with consequences that are at times mouthwatering and at others fascinatingly macabre. Orphaned as a child, taken under the wing of a local nobleman and sent to an elite school for young gentlemen, Jean-Marie becomes an Enlightenment-era Zelig. He befriends Ben Franklin, corresponds with the Marquis de Sade and Voltaire, thwarts a peasant uprising, plays a key role in the Coriscan War of Independence and, among other feats, constructs the finest menagerie in all of Europe. Rising through the ranks of 18th-century French society, he feasts with lords, ladies, revolutionaries and eventually kings. He is a father, a husband, a devoted friend and an imaginative lover. But Jean-Marie’s every adventurous turn is decided by his obsessive quest to know all of the world’s flavors before that world changes forever.

About the Author

Jonathan Grimwood was born in Malta and grew up in the Far East, Britain and Scandinavia. He has written for many newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph and The Independent. Writing under the name Jon Courtenay Grimwood, he has won the British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel twice, and his work has been published in over 15 languages. He divides his time between London and Winchester.

Join Jonathan Grimwood at The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, on October 24 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit The Ivy Bookshop website.