Spike Island

Novel WritersSimon Wroe


Thursday 23 October 2014, 6.30pm


£5, £3 concessions Booking advised

Event type

Novel Writers

Discover new writers and great books in these informal sessions. Each month a debut novelist will read from and discuss their work, exploring theme, structure and the craft of writing. Extracts of the text are available on booking and debate and discussion are welcome.

Chop Chop is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine. Two months behind on his rent, a young graduate swallows his dreams and takes the only job he can find: the lowest-rung chef in a gastropub. Here he finds himself surrounded by a group of deranged hoodlums (his co-workers) and at the mercy of an ingenious sadist (the head chef, Bob). What follows is a furiously-paced, ribald, raucous and unexpectedly touching tale of loyalty and revenge, dark appetites and fading dreams.

In partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Simon Wroe is a former chef who writes about food and culture for Prospect and the Economist, and has contributed to a wide range of publications including The Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Evening Standard. He is 30 and lives in London. This is his first novel.

Supported by
  • Bristol Festival of Ideas