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What makes Rabbit run

RABBIT, RUN by John Updike (Penguin Books, First published, 1971)

Powerful works of fiction are not dependent on the nobility or likability of the characters. 511 more words


Gormenghast movie to be adapted by Neil Gaiman?

The gothic beauty of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Castle, one of the most vivid and detailed settings in the fantasy genre, may finally make it to the silver screen, with none other than fantasy heavyweight Neil Gaiman at the helm of the adaptation. 309 more words

Reading Project

New Addition #26

Some classics, and a new writer to get introduced to. And Kay always delivers!


Mind, Body, Environment in Decay: Titus Groan

Like the bottom of Dante’s hell, Gormenghast is a flash-frozen world. Indifferent to the outside, its only concern is its ever-dwindling splendour. Everyone who lives inside the walls of fortress Gormenghast is captive to it, whether servant or Earl. 1,003 more words


2016 Classics Challenge

I’d been pondering what kind of reading challenge to set myself for 2016 when I came across the 2016 Classics Challenge on the prettybooks blog… 232 more words


Titus Groan & Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake

I’ve never unearthed books like these before, venerated classics known only to a certain subset of readers that happen to be almost terrifyingly calibrated to my own tastes. 439 more words

Book Reviews

The Pirate of Peace

One of my favourite writers and illustrators is Mervyn Peake.

I’d rank his Titus Groan trilogy alongside the best of Charles Dickens and the works of Lewis Carroll. 172 more words