5 May 2016
Published by Atlantic Books
3 December 2015
Published by Atlantic Books
A wickedly funny, feminist revenge fantasy novel of one fat woman’s fight against sexism and the beauty industry. Dietland will be adapted into AMC’s 10-episode straight-to-series starring Julianna Margulies and Joy Nash.
Wow… ferocious and hilarious – Margaret Atwood
A book with a message, loud and clear – Guardian
Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse.
But when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself involved with an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women. As Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot, the consequences of which are explosive.
Part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original and funny debut that takes on the beauty industry, gender equality and our weight loss obsession – from the inside out, and with fists flying.
This is the most original and exciting book I've reviewed in these pages... a transformative debut that asks its readers to confront social expectations and their own prejudices. Buy this for yourself and then for all your friends - and let the discussion begin. I can't stop thinking about it.
Wow... ferocious and hilariousMargaret Atwood
What opens as a beach read evolved into a tart, electrifying revenge tale
Mail on Sunday
A book everyone will be talking about: Dietland is a funny, feminist read...smart and original
A book with a message, loud and clear
A smart, sassy and provocative read that I thoroughly enjoyed
Woman and Home
A middle finger to the objectification of women...whenever I started to feel too reflective or sad, Walker revealed a plot twist that made me throw my head back and belly laugh, or inhale deeply in shock. Written with self-deprecatory wit that reminded me of Lena Dunham's style of humour, this modern makeover story is super-smart, forward-thinking and honest. I'm reading it again immediately
Walker's first novel leaves chick lit in the pixie dust, treading the rougher terrain of radical critique and shadowy conspiracies - territory closer to Rachel Kushner than Helen Fielding...Underneath the baggage - physical and political - is a character thoughtful, warm, and plausible enough to carry it off.
New York Magazine
Finally, the feminist murder mystery/makeover story we've been waiting for.
O, The Oprah Magazine
Dietland is genuinely disturbing, surprising, and refreshingly angry - it encapsulates a wide array of feminist issues from pornography to fat positivity to body image to the objectification of women's bodies.
New York Magazine
A thrilling, incendiary manifesto disguised as a beach read.
A very entertaining feminist revenge fantasy with a kernel of fury - I can't recall reading anything quite like it before.
The Bookseller - Editor's Choice
Dietland is a funny, subversive novel which takes aim at the weight-loss industry and our obsession with rigid standards of beauty, but at its heart there is a kernel of fury at what is done to women by men.
Read Dietland ... not only because it's smart and timely but because it's heartbreaking and tragic and very very comic. Sarai Walker is some kind of twisted sister. And of course I mean that as the highest possible compliment.Sara Nelson, Top Picks for the Best Books of May
Hilarious, surreal, and bracingly original... Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high-and delivers.
Kirkus, starred review
A highly original debut novel... Dietland is as funny as it is thought-provoking, and Plum's journey from a victim of constant fat-shaming to feisty activist is a joy to read.
Dietland is a provocative revenge fantasy about a female guerrilla group which uses terrorism to highlight gender inequality. Like the other two titles, it's as funny as it is fierce.
What looks like feel-good fluff becomes an angry, surreal feminist Fight Club or, as one review coined it, the first "body-positive crime novel". A television series is, inevitably, in the works
A must read for mothers with teenage daughters
This is original, clever and exciting and carries such a lot of important messages... This incisively brilliant debut asks its readers to confront social expectations and their own prejudices. It is an amazing, different and transformative novel.