Big Sur

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye 



Today’s Sunday Brunch has a Sixties theme. This lovely boxed set of nine 1960s classics, one for each year 1961-69, came in yesterday. Normally we break up boxed sets but this was perfect as a set. It includes Kerouac, Burroughs, Mailer, Deighton and Charrier.

Thinking of the 1960s reminded me of the brunches my father used to make on Sunday. It was the only meal he could cook apart from soft boiled eggs. We had two choices pancakes or French toast. As we got less American and more Anglicised the name changed to eggy-bread. I loved it and still love it especially with fresh fruit, Greek yoghurt and lashings of maple syrup. A very colourful or gaudy Bookseller’s Breakfast on this Bank Holiday Weekend.


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Books in the Flamingo box:

An American Dream by Norman Mailer

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

The Drought by J G Ballard

Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton

Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs

Papillon by Henri Charrière

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller


Trailer for the 2013 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur:

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac was first published in the US on 11 September 1962 by Farrar, Straus and Cudahy.

Click here to see a gallery of Big Sur book covers.


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