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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst
October 2011 Book of the Month.
This was one of our stand-out reads of the month. Yes, it’s about Werewolves and Vampires but the brilliant brutality and beauty of the story telling combined with the suspense, human emotion and page turning plot make it irresistible. Unsurprisngly the film rights have already been sold to Blade Runner director Ridley Scott – but please don’t wait for the film.
Click here to view a site dedicated to finding Jake Marlowe, the last remaining werewolf.
A veil of melancholy has fallen over Jacob Marlowe. He's the last of his kind. Hunted by his enemies and haunted by his past, he is worn out by centuries of decadence and debauchery, and by the demands of his lunatic appetites. He decides to submit to the authorities at the next full moon. However, as Jacob counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life. The Last Werewolf is a wickedly original hybrid of noir and horror, a thrilling take on our relationship with the wild side, and an exploration of the transformative possibilities of love.
'A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own.' - Nick Cave
About the Author
Glen Duncan was born in Bolton in 1965 to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied Philosophy and Literature at Lancaster University
In 1990 Glen moved up to London, where he worked as a bookseller for Dillons for four years. In 1994 he travelled to India with his father before continuing on to America, where he travelled around on Amtrak trains. His first novel, Hope was praised on both sides of the Atlantic when it was published in 1997. He currently divides his time between New York and London.
The Nobel Prize in Literature was first awarded in 1901. Awarded to an author from any country who has, in the words from the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". The first winner was Sully Prudhomme.