Gormenghast was never intended to be a trilogy. Mervyn Peake envisaged several books, charting the life of Titus Groan from birth to death. Sadly, his death in 1968 left the third book, Titus Alone, incomplete and Titus died with him.
To coincide with the centenary of the birth of the Mervyn Peake in 2011, PFD are able to present the previously undiscovered, Titus Awakes, the fourth book in the series; written by Peake’s widow, Maeve Gilmore from notes left by the author, recently discovered by in the attic of the Peake family home.
Titus Groan half-wakes from a dream. His part-awakening brings with it the realisation that it is time for him to discover his rightful place in the world. In a dream-like state, Titus’ wanderings lead him through the world of Gormenghast to scenes from Mervyn Peake’s own life – from Chelsea studios to the hospital where Mervyn spent time during his long illness.
As Titus finally awakes and discovers that he must journey to the island of Sark, the place he has been happiest, he is welcomed at the harbour by a strangely familiar figure- Mervyn Peake himself.
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PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 2011
UK PUBLISHER: VINTAGE
RIGHTS CONTROLLED: TRANSLATION
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