"The bull makes a rush, with murder in his eye, but a picador meets him with a spear-thrust in the shoulder.
The great gate is flung open, and the procession marches in, splendidly costumed and glittering: the marshals of the day, then the picadores on horseback, then the matadores on foot, each surrounded by his quadrille of CHULOS.
The third bull came on, and soon against it were both capadors and picadors. One picador took his stand directly below us.
"The lance of the picador is to keep the bull from goring the horse."
The bull charged, and of course the horse knew nothing till the picador failed and the horse found himself impaled on the bull's horns from beneath.
The bull of the Asturias who has been but little moved by the attacks of the picador
grows irritated with the dogs and banderilleras.
Sheila Heti's brave, unflinching novel Motherhood (Picador
, $18, 304 pages, 9781250214782) tells the story of one woman's indecision about having children.
Publishing rights to The Doll Factory were acquired by Pan Macmillan's imprint Picador
following a 14-way publisher auction.
THE BOY WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS: A MEMOIR OF AN ADOLESCENCE by Graham Caveney, Picador
, PS12.99, ebook PS8.54 HHHH H A THOUGHTFUL tale about music, class, religion and sexual abuse in 1970s and 1980s Accrington.
She was delighted, she says, when her publisher, Picador
, responded enthusiastically along with The Booksellers Association and, not surprisingly, independent bookshops across the country.
Knopf (US) | Frances Leviston, Disinformation (Picador
) | Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies (John Murray) | Andrew McMillan, Physical (Jonathan Cape) | Thomas Morris, We Don't Know What We're Doing (Faber & Faber) | Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (ONE, an imprint of Pushkin Press) | Julia Pierpont, Among the Ten Thousand Things (Oneworld) | Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers (Faber & Faber) | Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Picador
) | Laura van den Berg, Find Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) The shortlist will be announced in March and the winner unveiled at a ceremony in Swansea University's Great Hall on May 14, 2016 - International Dylan Thomas Day.
THE THIRD REICH by Roberto Bolano (Picador
, pounds 18.99) THIS novel tells of an war games enthusiast whose own fall into uncertainty is mirrored by his performance in a game titled Third Reich.