Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
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Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

Book Awards

  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
  • Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Book Description

Enter the world of Gormenghast...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 rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder. Gormenghast is more than a sequel to Titus Groan - it is an enrichment and deepening of that book.The fertility of incident, character and rich atmosphere combine in a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century's most remarkable feats of imaginative writing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749394820
ISBN-10: 074939482X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 30mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 21-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Ride a Cock Horse by Mervyn Peake Ride a Cock Horse, Hardback (February 2015)

An velegantly produced collection of classic nursery rhymes, accompanied by richly imaginative drawings by Mervyn Peake.

Titus Awakes by Mervyn Peake Titus Awakes, Paperback / softback (April 2013)

Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast novels are widely acknowledged to be classic works of high fantasy, on par with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Grimm's Household Tales by Mervyn Peake Grimm's Household Tales, Hardback (February 2012)

A new edition of Peake's illustrated Houshold Tales, originally published in 1946, and with the original colour illustrations for the first time since then.

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Author Biography - Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake was born in 1911 in Kuling, Central Southern China, where his father was a medical missionary. His education began in China and then continued at Eltham College in South East London, followed by the Croydon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Subsequently he became an artist, married the painter Maeve Gilmore in 1937 and had three children.During the Second World War he established a reputation as a gifted book illustrator for Ride a Cock Horse (1940), The Hunting of the Snark (1941), and The Rime of The Ancient Mariner (1943). Other books include Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland and Grimm's Household Tales (both 1946) and Treasure Island (1949). Titus Groan was published in 1946, followed in 1950 by Gormenghast. Among his other works are Shapes and Sounds (1941), Rhymes Without Reason (1944), Letters from a Lost Uncle (1948) and Mr Pye (1953). Titus Alone was published in 1959. Mervyn Peake died in 1968.

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