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Pulitzer Prize winning author of ‘The Road’ turns 89 today

‘All the Pretty Horses’ author Cormac McCarthy is turning 89 today, so we thought we’d share a little McCarthy love.

Cormac McCarthy born on this day July 20, 1933, is one of America’s best-selling and beloved authors. With twelve novels, two plays, and five screenplays under his belt, McCarthy writes the American story in a way that doesn’t shy away from the critical violence that spanned the western front of America.

It was the first book in McCarthy’s ‘Border Trilogy’, All the Pretty Horses, which introduced him into the mainstream, and went on to be adapted into a film of the same name featuring the sultry Penelope Cruz.

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McCarthy followed up with his post-apocalyptic novel, The Road, for which he won the 2007 Pulitzer prize, cementing his status as a brilliant novelist and placing him quite assertively as a firm favourite among fans. The Road was adapted into a stellar film starring Viggo Mortenson. And if you look into it, sparked quite a few bidding wars over the rights to books he hadn’t even written yet, to be adapted into films. 

Known best for his sparse and poetic prose, and unusual use of punctuation, which have boldly set him apart from other writers. Cormac has gone on to become one of the greatest writers of our time. 

It’s been 16 years since his last novel, The Road took the world by storm, and in what is being called the most anticipated release for 2022, Cormac has not one, but two, releases this year, The Passenger and Stella Maris.  Both of which are released in Australia on 6th December via Pan Macmillan.

Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy, we can’t wait to get our hands on your new novels.