Kathryn Joyce is a writer, a traveller, and an enthusiastic cook. Born in Hull, Yorkshire (UK) she has spent a number of years working as a volunteer in West Africa, Pakistan and Vietnam - experiences which inspire her writing and her cooking – and she now lives back in the UK where she indulges in these pleasures.
“A year spent in Pakistan,” she says, “introduced me to a colourful, exciting, diverse community that shattered stereotypes and prejudices I didn’t know I had.” Whilst there, she wrote travel newsletters about her experiences, and when she returned home she realised they lent themselves to a book. Once she started writing, she says, she couldn’t stop.
Thicker Than Soup
Focussed on their careers, both Sally and John are committed to a child free future when a surprise pregnancy - and doubts about the paternity - hurls them into new but separate lives.
Devastated by the loss of her job, her partner, and her home, Sally and her new baby son embark on a journey to Pakistan to meet her father's distant family. Once there, her eyes are opened to a world that challenges her deepest beliefs.
Meanwhile, John hides his vulnerability behind increasing success as a restaurateur. But the baby has rattled skeletons, and unable to avoid his past, he too embarks on a journey - to find his birth parents.
As their horizons broaden and their views are challenged, the child, Sammy, remains an innocent but enduring link. Thicker Than Soup explores the concepts of morality, independence, and conformity as the two protagonists attempt to build separate lives. Until that is, providence stirs life’s mixing bowl once more, and Sammy is again the crucial ingredient.
With its signature dish chapter titles (Chocolate Sin Cake, Mango Fool, etc.) mirroring significant events in the unfolding lives, Thicker Than Soup is a story of love, loss, and discovery that, with its unexpected twists and turns, is a delectable read.
Release Date: 11/3/2015