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Books in brief: Eat Me by Bill Schutt

Schutt's otherwise entertaining account is let down by a somewhat sensationalist conclusion

By Chris Tilbury   March 2017

Eat Me: A Natural and Unnatural History of Cannibalism by Bill Schutt (Profile, £14.99)

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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…

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