Cormac McCarthy’s The Road – book first, movie later

cormac_mccarthyHe is studied at universities, he is immortalised in a portrait at the National Portrait Gallery, there have been no less than four international conferences devoted to his oeuvre, and he makes a damn good read. Cormac McCarthy has been gathering fans for more than 30 years although it was Blood Meridian that placed him firmly amongst the cognoscenti of American writing. Followed soon by All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing and No Country for Old Men, to read a McCarthy is to commit to reading them all – frontier stuff, bleak, sparse and utterly unputdownable. Of course, it is The Road that has really tipped him into the pantheon of American icons and it is The Road that is being made, with a great deal of anticipation, into a movie that is going to be released later on this year. No doubt the McCarthy purists will quibble, but the trailer certainly captures that terrifying,  apocalyptic vision that has kept hundreds of thousands of readers huddled in corners.

9780330447546Check out the body of McCarthy’s work here.

The film-tie in version of The Road is coming out in December but you can certainly bone up on it now with this version. Of course, if you want to scare yourself silly with visual, watch the trailer below.

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Mal Peet – Exposure

Categorising books can be the kiss of death especially when it comes to so called young adult fiction. So many terrific books get ignored just because people get into a mind set of only reading in a certain category. So let me get it out there.

  • Mal Peet’s books are generally categorised as young adult fiction.
  • Don’t let the teens have all the fun – Mal Peet makes a very satisfying read for anyone older than about 14.

exposureI’ve been holed up with Exposure over the last few days. Its football, its a twist on Othello, its all about the big man falling from grace. A great read, and an excellent follow up to Keeper and The Penalty. Tamar is a stand alone.

Mal Peet will be trackside in Sydney for the Writers Festival next week and I can’t wait to meet him. In the meantime, check out his Paul Faustino titles here.

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga

You’d have to be living under a rock (in a coffin?) to have missed the tsunami that is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. Starting out a few years ago with a teenage girl cult following, this has since developed into a publishing phenomenon and it seems neither gender nor age is a barrier to its appeal. Well, stand by for August 13 because for the first time, all four books will be available in B format, (ie small format, less expensive paperbacks). So if you are a Twilight tragic, or the last person in Australia to jump on the band wagon, August 13 is your day. You’ll be able to order them very soon.

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RRP $22.99
Our Price $18.39

RRP $22.99
Our Price $18.39

American Rust – Philipp Meyer

Ever pick up a book and just know you have to hear those words out loud?

meyerWell, l was the one last night sitting up in bed last night savouring every word of the opening chapters of Philipp Meyer’s American Rust. You can’t get much more praise for a debut novel than has been heaped upon this one. Meyer (yes, that’s him) will be gracing our shores for the Sydney Writers’ Festival in a couple of weeks and I am very much looking forward to interviewing him.

Meanwhile, if you want to get hold of the book, get it here.

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