AUSTRALIAN REVIEWS

The Death of Bunny Munro is now available in Australia and the reviews have been flooding in:

‘The Death of Bunny Munro is a coherent and tightly structured page-turner…an often surprising as well as funny and spooky novel that is equal parts Flannery O’Connor grotesque and Stephen King horror story… By the end you begin to perceive that Bunny Munro is being set up as something of a modern-day Jesus, or at least a man marching along the path to his own twisted Cavalry. It’s something of a shock to realise then that this piece of pulp fiction is not just about sex or playing for misanthropic laughs or revelling in shock value. It’s really about fatherhood and love and a quest for male redemption in a desire-racked world.’

The Australian

 ‘… A hilarious and often oddly tender examination of guilt, repentance, forgiveness and retribution. Although it is not gratuitous, some readers may recoil from its explicit themes and language, and even from the books cover. But it is precisely this — the awfulness of Cave’s sardonic, uncensored vision of the world – that makes the novel so absorbing. His prose is searing yet lyrical, his storytelling furiously posed and purposeful.’

Adelaide Advertiser

‘Gothfather Nick Cave, the corpse-cranking murder minstrel, has written a very funny book: not squirming grunge funny, or sick splatter funny, but quietly witty – droll and sharp and cunningly observed, with a few choke, cry and slap the thigh moments.’

The Age, Good Weekend supplement

 ‘[Bunny Munro] has verve and swagger that fierce spite and gallows humour of those with nothing to lose. That and the wit and energy of Cave’s writing make him an eminently readable anti-hero… Bunny Junior’s intense admiration and love for his destructing father, and his grasping attempts to come to grips with his mother’s death, lends a note of heartache that shows Cave is not completely embittered. The stage though is Bunny’s. And take it he does. It is an angry, spectacular and blazing demise.’

The Dominion Post Weekend

 ‘At turns blackly comic and deeply penetrating, The Death of Bunny Munro is full of Cave’s signature horror and brilliant lyricism. There’s the same pulse you’ll find behind songs such as Nick the Stripper and Red Right Hand…This fast-paced book, laced with startling imagery and extravagant wordplay, is a compulsive read. It’s powerful stuff with the same repulsion quotient as Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. It’ll leave you feeling muddied by the dark, sleazy world of Brighton guesthouses and the sexually twisted Bunny’s descent to hell.’

West Australian

 ‘After a two-decade pause, the post-punk singer-songwriter finally follows up his well-received first novel (And The Ass Saw The Angel, 1990) with a lurid fantasia about a drug-addled salesman. This could easily be the literary companion to Cave’s recent howling performances with garage band Grinderman… Profane and profound by turns… but Cave still knows how to command an audience.’

Kirkus