Bunny Munro knows he is doomed. Even before his wife died, he knew that he was losing his charms and his self-control. Going on the road, with his ten year old son, seems like a good way for the travelling salesman to lose the nagging feeling that his time is coming to an end. But his usual escape routes of casual sex and drug binges can't rid him of his wife's disapproving gaze from beyond the grave. Or his son's pathetic stare.
As the bizarre and increasingly frenzied road trip gets out of control, Bunny finds that the demons he has been trying to keep at bay all his life have emerged from the shadows to seek their revenge.
The Death of Bunny Munro is a dark and compelling portrait of characters who dwell on the fringes of society and stumble through life on a diet of drugs, chaos and disappointment, but who'll never give up fighting. A modern morality tale, this book lays bare the imprint that parents leave on their children and questions the nature of sin and redemption.
* Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse and they might just come up with The Death of Bunny Munro. A compulsive read possessing all Nick Cave's trademark horror and humanity. -- IRVINE WELSH * Cocksman, Salesman, Deadman; Bunny Munro might not be Everyman, but every man ought to read this book. And read it half in stitches, half in tears. -- DAVID PEACE * Nick Cave will obviously live forever, just because the Devil's scared of him. Rolling Stone * Cave stands as one of the great writers on love of our era. -- WILL SELF * The Death of Bunny Munro is not just a wonderful read, it's also a heartbreaking one. Cave writes novels like he does lyrics, with strokes of blood and sulphur and lightning. He strikes at the mind and heart and is able to bring his readers to their knees. Neil LaBute * There's no more fevered imagination in contemporary song, and now Nick Cave is laying down the gauntlet to the literary world with a novel of sex, sin and mortality. Bunny Munro is our tragic ASBO-hero, whose ghost, past and present, won't let him lay as he embarks on a libidinous rampage through the crumpled Sussex seaside. A lyrical end-of-the-pier morality tale, which, like your average Bad Seeds' album, is a grotesque delight. GQ * The brooding Bad Seeds frontman releases his second novel. The Death of Bunny Munro is about a sex obsessed travelling salesman. Sure to spice up any rainy day. Men's Health * This sad, hilarious and filthy novel could do for men's base private thoughts what Sex and the City did for girl chat. Q Magazine * Cave is unafraid to launch headlong into roaring caricature, but while the sex and death quotient is significant, the book also reveals surprising new weapons in his armoury, particularly the tenderness and humanity with which he portrays Bunny Junior ... Told with verve, studded with scalding humour ... What lingers are the linguistic fireworks. -- Graeme Thomson Observer * I thought it was terrific. Horrifying, but terrific. -- Fiona Sturges Independent on Sunday * Unlike other musicians, Cave doesn't just talk about writing novels, he writes them. And they are really, really good ... [The Death of Bunny Munro] works, stylistically and emotionally. Bunny Munro may begin by seeming a one-note johnny, just lust, but he grows into something greater than either he or we expect. -- Toby Litt The Times The narrative pulses with demented musical energy. While this is not explicitly about rock music, it is in every other sense a rock'n'roll novel ... The Death of Bunny Munro also points the way ahead for the rock novel. -- Ludovic Hunter-Tilney Financial Times * This is a proper novel, properly written, properly put together ... The release is more like a multimedia event, with Edinburgh-based publishers Canongate claiming a world first -- Rodge Glass List * Some of Bunny's escapades might have you howling in laughter; others are quite simple the most digusting descriptions of sexual misanthropy I've read ... Many men will read this and see a part of themselves they're not at all comfortable with. Most will also laugh out loud. Misandrists will love to hate it. But you don't have to be a nut-job or a Nick Cave fan to enjoy Bunny's story. -- Neil Dunphy Irish Tribune * In the sense of narrative animation, and also in the sense of culture significance, the book is a vital one, and is to be welcomed and celebrated. -- Niall Griffiths Daily Telegraph * What truly elevates the novel is not Cave's thesis, but the smoothness of the prose and masterful combination of black comedy and sentiment. -- Matt Thorne Independent * Stylish and engrossing with trademark wit and lyricism leaping from every page, this is Nick Cave at his bleak best. Buzz magazine * Cave's unconventional, compelling tale of the absurd and the tragic, vividly captured through adroit illustration and chromatic prose, is singularly engaging work. -- Roisin Dwyer Hot Press magazine * Every bit as wise and as dark as Cave's songs ... The Death of Bunny Munro is above all an extended riff on the rampant male libido at the point where it leaves the realms of joyous Dionysian appetite and edge into darker areas of neurosis and psychopathology. -- Peter Murphy Irish News * A deathly black slice of Gothic caricature, the story of a man's descent into depravity and desperation ... The Death of Bunny Munro is written with undeniable verve and narrative propulsion. -- Doug Johnstone Scotsman * Cave makes you shudder and sob simultaneously. -- Sue Arnold Guardian * The Death of Bunny Munro is essentially a tragic tale; a novel that is essentially a tragic tale; a novel that is by turns sick and funny, and sometime both simultaneously, but that moves inexorably, determinedly, towards its terrible end. -- Sean O'Hagan Observer * In its own twisted way The Death of Bunny Munro is a plea for love in a world rancid with lust ... Bunny's bad boy charm makes it all too easy to go along for the ride. -- Keith Watson Metro * Bunny Munro and the twisted ravages of his search for salvation will live with you for a worryingly long time after you close the covers on these tortured souls. -- Sophie Gorman Irish Independent * Bleak, hilarious and heartbreaking. Waterstones Books Quarterly * The novel reads like a modern-day parable, illuminated with raw lyricism, scraps of tenderness and dark phantasmagoria ... Accessible, thrilling and gloriously impolite, it's a morality tale with all the fire, brimstone and humanity that Nick Cave is known for. The man has proved yet again what a rare and grossly talented polymath he is. -- Holly Kyte Sunday Telegraph * Cave is a natural storyteller and entertainer, and the journey that the two Bunnies (father and son) make it sordid and sobering and a sort of rotting valentine in all weekend. A real treat from a real artist. -- Neil Labute Sunday Herald * A rock novel you can hum along to. Financial Times * All debauchery and hedonism and full of the mistakes of men. -- Rodge Glass Sunday Herald * Ends up packing the cathartic emotional wallop of his most grandiose work. -- Kris Needs Rock Collector * An impudent novel, not just in terms of scatology, but also its refusal to psychoanalyse the protagonist's compulsion to nail everything in a skirt. -- Peter Murphy Hot Press * Nick Cave's second book is a diabolical and hilarious read. Bunny Munro ... this death of a salesman is a must read. -- Donal O'Donoghue RTE
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 3rd September 2009
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1