For Picador’s 40th anniversary we asked 40 writers to respond to the idea of 40 in whatever way they liked. The results are spectacular: thoughtful, funny, poignant, as brilliantly diverse as the Picador list. Pieces include the temporal (what I was doing 40 years ago; the mid-life crisis of a 40-year-old whose lifespan coincides with Picador’s), the quirky (gifts I’d like to receive for my 40th birthday; 40 things to do before I die; what it’s like never to have been on any of those Best Under 40 lists), and the downright clever (40-word synopses of great works of literature), along with some astonishingly good short stories and poems touching on mortality and ageing. The authors range from great established writers on the list, like Alice Sebold, John Banville and Graham Swift, to new stars, such as Emma Straub, Belinda McKeon and Megan Abbott, and 33 more!
The Picador Book of 40: 40 Writers Inspired by a Number
ISBN 13: 9781447219040
Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Authors: Charlotte Greig, Matteo Pericoli, Kate Clanchy, Howard Cunnell, Edward Docx, Will Eaves, Max Egremont, Stuart Evers, Ellen Feldman, Suzette Field, Annie Freud, Richard House, Megan Abbott, Jackie Kay, Ian Kelly, Gavin Knight, Belinda McKeon, Charlotte Mendelson, Stuart Nadler, Sean O'Brien, Anna Raverat, Sarah Rayner, Graham Robb, Shalom Auslander, Robin Robertson, Jon Ronson, Alice Sebold, Emma Straub, Graham Swift, Miguel Syjuco, Rebecca Wait, Kevin Wilson, Simon Winder, Naomi Wood, John Banville, Gerard Woodward, Robin Black, Dave Boling, John Butler, Sarah Butler, Emma Chapman