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It’s another long day chopping beef carcasses for former reality TV star and Iron Man contender, Caleb Jenkins. His world unravelled when his parents’ carpet business went bust last year, yet another casualty of the financial crisis. He's now trying to manage the mental health of his conspiracy-theorist brother while paying a mortgage and keeping a roof over his parents’ heads. Caleb's own "complicated" personal life has imploded along with his impossible credit score. And in the rear view mirror politicians of all persuasions are promising him real change. Caleb is on the edge.
Easy Meat is a glimpse of a young man and a country on the verge of a momentous decision.
"A one-sitting page-turner that gives voice to the voiceless while checking the country’s pulse, never once flinching from the contradictions of everyday life in modern Wales" – Dylan Moore, The National
"Easy Meat is a sensitive portrayal of people as people – full, complex and multifaceted – whose every choice is shaped by the conflicting experiences and identities that inform who we are." – Polly Winn, the Welsh Agenda
"Rachel Trezise’s latest novel Easy Meat is a gritty narrative with a unique voice that embodies the sense of community in the author’s Rhondda Cynon Taf homestead." – Billie Ingram Sofokleous, Buzz Mag
"Easy Meat is a sensitively observed tale set amid the dilemmas and contradictions of the Brexit vote" – Sarah Morgan Jones, Nation.Cymru
"Easy Meat is a novel set on a tipping point, where Brexit is only a buzzword, conspiracy theories are rife, and Caleb is desperately trying to get his life back on track." – Martha O'Brien, Wales Arts Review
"Trezise weaves these simple relatable parts of life beautifully into something that feels real and vital" – The Digital Fix
Rachel Trezise’s debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl won a place on the Orange Futures List in 2002 and is now part of the Library of Wales series. In 2006 her short story collection Fresh Apples won the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her second collection Cosmic Latte won the Edge Hill Prize Readers’ Award in 2013 while her travel memoir Dial M for Merthyr won the Max Boyce Award. Her first play Tonypandemonium was produced by the National Theatre of Wales and won the Theatre Critics for Wales Award for best production. We’re Still Here was also produced by the National Theatre of Wales in 2017 while Cotton Fingers toured Wales, Ireland and Scotland, receiving a Summerhall Lustrum Award at the Edinburgh Festival. She lives in the Rhondda.