Unlike any other fantasy book. You will recall Gormanghast as though you once lived there. You'll know the smells, the sounds, the sights and the even the temperature of the stone wall you leant against to get out of the way of Flay as he creaked after Swelter.
This the kind of novel the best fantasy novelists try hard to forget exists - for it is a constant reminder of what they have yet to come close to achieving in their own work.
Enter the world of Gormenghast...
Gormanghast is the vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old ritual, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder - a world suggested in a tour-de-force that ranks as one of this century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.
Three Books in One Volume :
and Titus Alone
"A master of the macabre and a traveller through the deeper and darker chasms of the imagination" * The Times * "Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It [The Gormenghast Trilogy] is a very, very great work...a classic of our age" -- Robertson Davies "[Peake's books] are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience" -- C. S. Lewis "The Gormenghast Trilogy is one of the most important works to come out of the age that produced The Four Quartets, The Unquiet Grave, Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four" -- Anthony Burgess * Spectator *