The Devil's Own Work

The Devil's Own Work

by Alan Judd

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Overview

"More chills in its little length than in a whole shelf of bestsellers." - Stephen King

"At once moral fable, cautionary ghost story and inspired attack on the whole hellbent drift of modern letters, this is a splendid tale, splendidly told, which Ford or Henry James would have been glad to have written." - Robert Nye, Guardian

"Wry and insightful . . . toys with the notion of demonic possession but becomes a thoroughly realistic and highly original story of revenge; a chilling cautionary tale." - Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times

"A brief return to the world of Faust, Mephistopheles and the Devil pact. Mr. Judd . . . achieves a deep polish." - Robert Grudin, The New York Times Book Review

After Edward, a rising young author, pens a savage review of the new novel by the world-famous O.M. Tyrell, he is surprised to receive an invitation to visit the old man at his villa in the south of France. The night of their meeting, Tyrell dies, and soon after, Edward's career mysteriously starts to soar as he earns fame, fortune and critical acclaim. But despite his achievements, Edward seems haunted, even tormented. His friend, the narrator, begins to put together the pieces of the story: an ancient, inscrutable manuscript, a beautiful, ageless woman who attaches herself to any writer who possesses it, and a bargain to achieve success at a terrible price . . .

Winner of Britain's prestigious Guardian Fiction Prize, Alan Judd's modern classic The Devil's Own Work (1991) is, as Owen King writes in the new introduction to this edition, "a perfect novel about the demonic possession that is literary ambition." This edition also features a new afterword by the author, in which he reveals the inspirations for this haunting tale.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150146761
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 01/04/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 102
Sales rank: 1,037,627
File size: 938 KB

About the Author

Alan Judd is a novelist and biographer who has previously served in the army and the Foreign Office. Chosen as one of the original twenty Best Young British Novelists, he subsequently won the Royal Society of Literature’s Winifred Holtby Award, the Heinemann Award and the Guardian Fiction Award; he was also shortlisted for the Westminster Prize. He was in his spare time the Spectator’s motoring correspondent and is currently a comment writer for the Daily Telegraph. He lives in Sussex with his wife and daughter.

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The Devil's Own Work 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
xenchu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephen King said, in a blurb on the cover of the book, that this was the best book he had read all year. Well, if so, I think Mr. King was doing a lot more writing than reading. The two discussions on LT were positive. It must be me because I was a bit disappointed in the book.Not that it was terrible or badly written. It just seemed flat to me, pedestrian and without spark. It evoked no spark of tension or anticipation. As I said the problem could certainly be me. I leave it to anyone who reads the book to make up their own mind. I will neither recommend nor denigrate the book.