Happy Publication Day to Jim Crace

We're delighted to share that Jim Crace's wonderful novel The Melody is out now, published by Picador books.

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The Melody is the first novel published since the Man Booker Shortlisted, Harvest and has already inspired some wonderful reviews:

"The Melody takes its place among his finest [novels] ... an ecological fable for modern times." - Guardian

"Seductively atmospheric ... deeply moving." - Daily Mail

"Brilliant." - Observer

Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.

Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.

To hear more from the book's editor, Sophie Jonathan, catch up on the Picador blog here.

Pick up a copy here. Congratulations Jim!