About this book
A sumptuous novel set in 18th century France, following Jean-Marie d'Aumout who rises from a penniless orphan to a diplomat and spy. His drive stems from a single obsession, the pursuit of the perfect taste and the ultimate feast. But revolution is in the air... 'Wonderfully enjoyable' Carol Birch
Features Jean-Marie d'Aumout as a penniless orphan eating beetles by the side of a road. His fate is changed after an unlikely encounter finds him patronage and he is sent to military academy. Despite his lowly roots, and thanks to wit and courage in great measure, he grows up to become a diplomat and spy.