The Road

Cormac McCarthy

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2006 Winner

James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

2007 Winner

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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01 January 2010
320 pages

So good that it will devour you. It is incandescent. - Daily Telegraph

The Road is the astonishing post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other.

The first great masterpiece of the globally warmed generation. Here is an American classic which, at a stroke, makes McCarthy a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Andrew O’Hagan

McCarthy conjures from this pitiless flight the miracle of unswerving humanity. Gripping beyond belief.

Chris Cleave - Sunday Telegraph

One of the most shocking and harrowing but ultimately redemptive books I have read. It is an intensely intimate story. It is also a warning.

Kirsty Wark - Observer Books of the Year