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.

Picador 40th: August's reading list

Stories about beautiful women, beautiful men, psychic spies and oppressive families. Picador’s August recommendations are not to be missed!

The Road: Film Adaptation

The Road: Film Adaptation

In 2009 Cormac McCarthy's award-winning novel was adapted for the big screen. With the novel a resounding success, the film was off to a brilliant start with a cast including Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce...

Read an Extract: All the Pretty Horses

Read an Extract: All the Pretty Horses

Below is an extract from All the Pretty Horses, the classic, highly regarded novel from Cormac McCarthy. We'd love to know your thoughts on this beautiful novel and McCarthy's writing style. Enjoy!

All the Pretty Horses: Adaptation for Screen

Viewed today, over a decade after it was made, Thornton’s version of All the Pretty Horses, even in its truncated form, seems a better film than most critics were prepared to admit at the time of its release...

Picador WBN Introduce Yourself

The Picador Books team would love to hear from any and all members of the public who have chosen to be givers for World Book Night, especially those of you who have chosen a Picador title.

Kings of the road - when Clarkson met Cormac

Jeremy Clarkson arguably owes his entire career to roads, but the acerbic critic of cars wouldn't immediately spring to mind as an influential literary critic. That is until he read Cormac McCarthy's career defining novel The Road.

Adaptation 2: crap book, great film

Adaptation 2: crap book, great film

A corollary of the fact that good books almost always make bad films (and that successful adaptations should be taken as no more than freaks or flukes - No Country For Old Men being a case in point after last night's Oscars) is that many of the best films come from inferior source material.

Everybody hurts

I realise that with this blog post following on from my last one (not to mention the one that was slightly about poker) I'm risking getting myself a reputation as the person who blogs about tacky lowbrow things at Picador. Hang in there though, because in the next couple of weeks I'm hoping to be saying something interesting about Philip Roth.