Schutt's otherwise entertaining account is let down by a somewhat sensationalist conclusionby Chris Tilbury / February 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in March 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Eat Me: A Natural and Unnatural History of Cannibalism by Bill Schutt (Profile, £14.99)
In 2003, the American Film Institute polled its members to find the 50 greatest screen villains. Hannibal Lecter was number one. Anthony Hopkins’s performance as a psychopathic cannibal is seared in our minds—and popularised Thomas Harris’s trilogy of novels. It also turned the taboo subject of humans eating humans into a fascinating, if gruesome, topic of discussion.
Bill Schutt’s new book, Eat Me, attempts to understand how cannibalism fits into the world around us, to work out where it came from and why it began.