It shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Nick Cave’s music that his literary output takes readers to the same kinds of dark places he visits through song. Accordingly, the Australian-born musician’s second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, which arrives in stores Sept. 1, mines a morose (albeit classic) storyline: a down-on-his luck salesman struggling for redemption.
In the book, the title character — a widower — travels the south of England with his son, Bunny, Jr., selling personal care products to desperate housewives — many of whom he seduces. But ultimately, according to the dust jacket, his transgressions catch up with him, leading to some sort of “final reckoning.”
To get a glimpse of Cave’s prowess as an author — and hey, Trainspotting scribe Irvine Welsh considers himself a fan — check out the clip below of the singer reading a chapter from Bunny. It depicts a segment of Bunny and Bunny, Jr.’s road trip where father treats his son to a nice hotel stay — and his first ever taste of room service.
If your interest is piqued, click here to check out the pre-order from Amazon.