The Death of Bunny Munro

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The Death of Bunny Munro
The Death of Bunny Munro Nick Cave Canongate.jpg
Canongate Books 1st edition front cover
AuthorNick Cave
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreBlack comedy, Absurd, Philosophical novel
PublisherCanongate Books (UK)
Faber & Faber (US)
Publication date
September 2009
LC ClassPR9619.3.C4 D43 2009

The Death of Bunny Munro is a 2009 novel written by Nick Cave, best known as the lead singer of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It is his second and most recent novel, the first being And the Ass Saw the Angel, published in 1989.


The novel deals with Bunny Munro, a middle-aged lothario, whose constant womanising and alcohol abuse comes to a head after his wife's suicide. 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.[1]


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 e-book formats, including an iPhone application that synchronised the audiobook with the text and included exclusive videos of Cave 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.


Cave reading from The Death of Bunny Munro in New York City, 2009

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 4 stars out of 5.[2] Likewise, the Saturday Times (on 5 September 2009) stated, in a very positive review, that the novel "reads like a good indie movie".[3]

The novel was nominated for the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award, but did not win.[4][5]

Publication history[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Cobley (31 August 2009). "The Death Of Bunny Munro: Nick Cave Kicks More Ass With New Novel". The Brighton Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  2. ^ Thomson, Graeme (6 September 2009). "The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave". The Observer. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  3. ^ Litt, Toby (5 September 2009). "From Bad Seeds grow fruitful trees". The Times. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Literary Review". Literary Review. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  5. ^ Mike Collett-White, Patricia Reaney (30 November 2009). "Goncourt winner Littell wins Bad Sex Award". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 3 December 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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