The following books are recommended by Mogwai as part of their curatorial duties. For your chance to win a prize pack containing The Wind Up Chronicle, The Gone Away World, Cloud Atlas and Glue, keep an eye out for
the competition running this Thursday at www.facebook.com/atpfestival
(author: Alan Moore, publisher: Knockabout Comics)
An unflinching recreation of Jack the Ripper's mutilation of five Whitechapel prostitutes in 1888 is the core of this graphic novel. Jack acts as "midwife to the 20th century", delivering the next 100 years of Holocaust, serial killing and media rapaciousness as he extracts his last victim's heart.
|The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
(author: Haruki Murakami, publisher: Vintage)
A mesmerising, surreal novel - Murakami's most celebrated and influential masterpiece. Toru Okada's cat has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, who is herself growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he has started receiving. As this compelling story unfolds, the tidy suburban realities of Okada's vague and blameless life, spent cooking, reading, listening to jazz and opera and drinking beer at the kitchen table, are turned inside out, and he embarks on a bizarre journey, guided (however obscurely) by a succession of characters, each with a tale to tell.
(author: Irvine Welsh, publisher: Vintage)
Despite its scale and ambition, Glue has all Irvine Welsh's usual pace and vigour, crackling dialogue, scabrous set-pieces and black, black humour, but it is also a grown-up book about growing up - about the way we live our lives, and what happens to us when things become unstuck.
(author: David Mitchell, publisher: Sceptre)
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagans California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified dinery server on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each others echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. In his extraordinary third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
|The Gone Away World
(author: Nick Harkaway, publisher: Windmill)
The Jorgmund Pipe is the backbone of the world, and it's on fire. Gonzo Lubitsch, professional hero and troubleshooter, is hired to put it out - but there's more to the fire, and the Pipe itself, than meets the eye. The job will take Gonzo and his best friend, our narrator, back to their own beginnings and into the dark heart of the Jorgmund Company itself. Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey and Romantic Epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of - among other things - love and loss; of ninjas, pirates, politics; of curious heroism in strange and dangerous places; and of a friendship stretched beyond its limits. But it also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes - however unlikely they may seem.