Under the Skin by Michel Faber
Under the Skin tells the unsettling story of Isserley, an alien sent to earth to harvest male hitchikers for an intergalactic corporation, which fattens them up and turns them into food. The macabre story is a dark satire on intensive farming, big business and environmental decay, as well as an examination of such issues as sexual identity and humanity.
Find out how Faber managed to make Isserley a character readers could empathise with, which parts our panel found most disturbing and whether they'd recommend the novel to a friend in this spine-tingling podcast.
BookTalk is produced by Colin Fraser of Culture Laser Productions.
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