Picador relaunches its ‘greatest novels’

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Pan Macmillan imprint Picador is re-issuing 12 of its ‘greatest novels’ in March.

This one-off list, which is being spearheaded by Picador UK, draws on prize-winning and bestselling authors from 40 years of publishing, including Bret Easton Ellis, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Sebold, Helen Fielding, Graham Swift, Alan Hollinghurst and Australia’s Tim Winton.

‘It’s an incredible list,’ says Picador Australia publisher Alex Craig. ‘Man Booker Prize winners (Last Orders, The Sea, The Line of Beauty), cultural game changers (American Psycho, Bridget Jones’s Diary), classics (All the Pretty Horses) and bestsellers (The Lovely Bones, Room).’

In Australia, the list includes three local titles—Tim Winton’s Dirt Music (which is part of the UK-selected top 12), Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance and Carrie Tiffany’s Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living. These hand-picked titles have been chosen to reflect ‘the spirit of the anniversary—representing the past, the present and the future of the imprint’, says Craig. ‘All three novels engage with Australian themes and concerns deeply rooted in our landscape, history and psyche. All are stunning novelists at the forefront of Australian literature.’

As with any new series, the design is crucial. Picador has chosen black-and-white jackets as a nod to the ‘distinctive white spines and black type’ of Picador’s early paperbacks. Each title includes extra content such as reading-group notes, interviews and articles from the authors (all published around the time the novels were released), and is priced between $19.99 and $22.99.

For more information on the series go here.