The Road

Cormac McCarthy author

Format:Paperback

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Published:4th Aug '22

£9.99

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The Road cover

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, The Road tells the story of a father and son as they journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape that has destroyed most of civilization.

Civilization destroyed, this is the story of a father and son as they journey across a post-apocalyptic America. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.

A post-apocalyptic classic set in a burned-out America, a father and his young son walk under a darkened sky, heading slowly for the coast. They have no idea what, if anything, awaits them there. The Road is a masterpiece of American fiction from Cormac McCarthy.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The landscape is destroyed. Nothing moves save the ash on the wind. Cruel, lawless men stalk the roadside, lying in wait. Attempting to survive in this brave new world, the young boy and his protector have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves. They must keep walking.

In this unflinching study of the best and worst of humankind, Cormac McCarthy boldly divines a future without hope, but one in which, miraculously, this young family may yet find tenderness.

'The Road made me cry for days' – Emma Donoghue, author of Room and Haven

'[T]he most important environmental book ever written' – George Monbiot, author of Feral and Regenesis


With an introduction from John Banville, author of The Sea.

Adapted into a critically-acclaimed film starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

Part of the Picador Collection, a series showcasing the best of modern literature.

So good that it will devour you. It is incandescent * Telegraph *
[The Road,] heartbreaking and haunting, has an overbearing, almost suffocating atmosphere . . . you cannot forget you’ve read it * The Times *
McCarthy’s novel was one of the triggers for my writing Room; I wanted to see what a mother-child modern myth would look like, because his father-child one was so powerful -- Emma Donoghue, author of Room and Haven
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, author of Our Fathers and Mayflies
You will read on, absolutely convinced, thrilled, mesmerized. All the modern novel can do is done here -- Alan Warner, author of Morvern Callar
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 *
A masterpiece that will soon be considered a classic * Herald *

  • Winner of James Tait Black Prize for Fiction 2006 (UK)
  • Winner of Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2007 (UK)

ISBN: 9781035003792

Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 22mm

Weight: 246g

336 pages