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Operation Chaos by Matthew Sweet

Operation Chaos by Matthew Sweet

Operation Chaos is the phrase on everyone's lips at Picador at the moment – but we're not about to wreak havoc on our office neighbours in King's Cross, you'll be pleased to hear. We're talking about a new book by the brilliant journalist and writer Matthew Sweet.

Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian gets the James Franco treatment

Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian gets the James Franco treatment

“War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.” 

Now, you might wel​l have seen this already, especially if you're a big Cormac McCarthy and/or James Franco fan, but we only just came across it and couldn't resist sharing.

Friday poem: all creatures great and small

Friday poem: all creatures great and small

No one can lure us into noticing the natural world the way Jen Hadfield does in this remarkable, hypnotic poem. We’re not just offered a close-up of that tiny, persistent, oldest living whatever in the world, we’re aligned with it – taken down to rock level to participate in the attention it’s paying us. Huge, tiny and symbiotic, her words belong to both plant and human worlds. Like the lichen, they seem to grow from the page that anchors them. Notice how...

Jane Smiley on writing one hundred years of a family's story

Jane Smiley on writing one hundred years of a family's story

Jane Smiley is an American novelist and essayist. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for A Thousand Acres and since then has been critically acclaimed for books including Horse Heaven and Private Life. Here she is to introduce her latest novel, Some Luck, the first book in The Last Hundred Years Trilogy. Our sister imprint, Mantle, is publishing it in hardback in a couple of weeks, and we'll be publishing the paperback next year. We can't wait!

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