The Sunday Books

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Every Sunday on the Isle of Sark, Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates, shipwrecks, and the Wild West. He illustrated his spontaneous stories with delightfully vivid drawings of the characters in his tales, but never set down words to go with them. Now, decades after Peake¹s death, world-renowned fantasy writer (and friend of the Peakes) Michael Moorcock has written verses to go with Peake¹s drawings. This star collaboration--funny, surprising, and haunting by turns--is accompanied by an ...

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Overview

Every Sunday on the Isle of Sark, Mervyn Peake would tell his children stories about pirates, shipwrecks, and the Wild West. He illustrated his spontaneous stories with delightfully vivid drawings of the characters in his tales, but never set down words to go with them. Now, decades after Peake¹s death, world-renowned fantasy writer (and friend of the Peakes) Michael Moorcock has written verses to go with Peake¹s drawings. This star collaboration--funny, surprising, and haunting by turns--is accompanied by an illuminating and elegiac introduction by Moorcock. Overlook is publishing The Sunday Books to mark the centenary of Peake¹s birth, which will be commemorated around the world on July 9, 2011.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Every Sunday, British author/artist Peake (1911–1968), creator of the Gormenghast series, sat down with his sons for impromptu drawing and storytelling. The stories were never written down, but the artwork survives, and Moorcock creates new stories to pair with his late friend’s on-the-spot sketches and paintings. “The boys would sit on the arms of his chair, watching as he called on his own boyhood memories and enthusiasms... to draw pirates, cowboys, weird monsters and weirder characters,” writes Moorcock. Such subject matter is tailor-made for stories of high seas adventure and intrigue, which Moorcock supplies in a tale that works hard to link the images into a cohesive whole. The resulting story is perhaps necessarily meandering, and Peake’s caricatured portrayals of American and African natives are far from politically correct. Still, it’s an intimate window into the home life of a celebrated fantasist. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590207116
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 6/30/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) was a playwright, painter, poet, illustrator, short-story writer, and designer of theatrical costumes, as well as a novelist. Among his many books are the Gormenghast Trilogy (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone). Overlook publishes these alongside the posthumous sequel Titus Awakes, Peake treasuries such as Peake's Progress, and his final novel, Mr. Pye in paperback for the first time.

Michael Moorcock is the author of numerous novels including the acclaimed Elric series. He has received the Nebula, World Fantasy, and British Science Fiction awards and is a Grandmaster of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He lives in Bastrop, Texas.

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