Saturday, November 20, 2010

Recent Publications

The Illustrated Gormenghast
Published in hardback by Vintage in the UK, on 7th July 2011

Titus Awakes, by Maeve Gilmore
Published by Vintage in the UK, on 7th July 2011

Titus Awakes, by Maeve Gilmore
Published by Overlook Press in the US, on 9th June 2011
Mr Pye
Vintage will publish an updated edition of Mr Pye in which in a very cleverly-designed book cover will have the eponymous character pointing the way for the benefit of his island converts. Publication in July 2011.

A Book of Nonsense
A new expanded edition published by Peter Owen Publishers

Mervyn Peake: Complete Nonsense
A comprehensive new collection of Peake's nonsense poetry
Published by Carcanet Press

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated by Mervyn Peake

A new cover for the Bloomsbury edition

Under a Canvas Sky by Clare Peake
Published by Constable and Robinson in May 2011
Peake's Progress, new edition
Published by the British Library, Summer 2011
Peake's Progress, audio CD
Selected Short Stories and Poems read by Sebastian Peake and Fabian Peake
Les Livres du Dimanche (The Sunday Books)
Text by Michael Moorcock (in French), published by de Noel, November 2010. Now to be published in English in July 2011 by Overlook in the US, and Duckworth in the UK.

The Treasures Gallery at the British Library

Mervyn Peake's Alice illustrations are currently on display in the glass cabinets, seen on the right in this photograph. With over half a million visitors a year, this magnificent gallery, on the mezzanine floor of the British Library, provides a wonderful opportunity to view the originals. Both the library and the gallery, are free to the public.

The Sunday Books review

Following the publication in France recently, of The Sunday Books, a very enthusiastic review of the book has appeared.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mervyn Peake, RIP

Born 9th July 1911, died 17th November 1968.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jeff Riggenbach on Mervyn Peake

Jeff Riggenbach, an American journalist and editor, writes with sustained enthusiasm about the Titus Trilogy describing Mervyn Peake as 'the author of one of the most notable individualist novels of the 20th century. In his fulsome precis of the novels, he suggests that, 'it is high time that Americans were brought up to speed'(with the books).

On YouTube

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Friends of the British Library

Some of the advertising currently used by the Friends of the British Library.

Guernsey Literary Festival

Apart from Mervyn Peake's connection with the Channel Islands, Sark in particular; Clare, his daughter was born on the island and will be speaking about her new book, Under a Canvas Sky, to be published by Constable & Robinson in May 2011. I will be giving a centenary talk on my father, and the Peake on Sark exhibition taking place at Guernsey's nearby Museum and Art Gallery, will add to Peake interest at Guernsey's First Literary Festival.
With impeccable timing, Bloomsbury Publishing have just brought out a new paperback edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. The classic is now available from Blackwell's bookshop, incorporated into the foyer of the Wellcome Trust HQ, at 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Large banners advertise their current exhibition, High Society, while Mervyn Peake's caterpillar hangs in draped technicolor glory in the street outside. It will be seen until February next year by innumerable motorists and passers-by as they make their way along this very busy central London thoroughfare.