The Death of Bunny Munro
Canongate Books 1st edition front cover
|Genre||Black comedy, Absurd, Philosophical novel|
|Publisher||Canongate Books (UK)
Faber & Faber (US)
|LC Class||PR9619.3.C4 D43 2009|
The novel deals with Bunny Munro, a middle aged lothario whose constant womanising and alcohol abuse comes to a head after the suicide of his wife. A travelling door to door beauty product salesman, he and his son go on an increasingly out of control road trip around Brighton, over which looms the shadow of a serial killer making his way towards Brighton, as well as Bunny's own mortality. The novel is set in Brighton in 2003, around the time the West Pier was destroyed by fire. Many of the locations and street names used in the book relate to real places close to Cave's own home.
The novel was also released as an audiobook, using a 3D audio effect produced and sound directed by British artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, with a soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and in a number of Ebook formats including an Enhanced Editions iPhone application that synchronises the audiobook with the text, and includes exclusive videos of Nick reading. A series of live events took place in late 2009 to promote the book under the title of "A Night with Nick Cave", combining music, readings and a Q&A session with the audience.
Irvine Welsh, Neil Labute and David Peace have all touted the novel - providing back-cover reviews. Moreover, "The Death of Bunny Munro" has received strong reviews from the British media: Graeme Thomson (writing in The Observer, 6 September 2009) awarded the novel four stars. Likewise, the Saturday Times (on the 5th of September 2009) stated, in a very positive review, that the novel "reads like a good indie movie".
- 2009, UK, Canongate Books, ISBN 978-1-84767-376-3, 3 Sep 2009, hardcover, 304pp
- 2009, USA Faber & Faber, ISBN 978-0-86547-910-4, 1 Sep 2009, hardcover, 288 pp
- Official book website
- Enhanced Editions iPhone App
- Listening to Nick Cave read The Death of Bunny Munro Audiobook review
- "Brighton Magazine - The Death Of Bunny Munro: Nick Cave Kicks More Ass With New Novel". Magazine.brighton.co.uk. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
- Thomson, Graeme (September 6, 2009). "The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave". The Observer. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Litt, Toby (September 5, 2009). "From Bad Seeds grow fruitful trees". The Times. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Literary Review". Literary Review. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
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