Like many, I first noticed Chuck Palahniuk's name while I was watching David Fincher's movie version of Fight Club. It was a Wednesday afternoon in November 1999 and at our local Odeon that meant a ticket cost £2.20. I was often the only person in the cinema's Screen 2 and had my favourite seat, dead centre, four rows back. Just before the film started, someone else walked in and sat in the row behind me, looking over my shoulder.
The film blew me away. I loved it and turned to my near neighbour, who turned out to be a women possibly in her fifties and who had also sat through the credits at the end of the movie. "What did you think?" she asked. "Brilliant!" I said. She nodded.
I walked out of the Odeon, across town to Waterstones and bought the book. That Saturday, I bought Survivor and later picked up Palahniuk's other books as they came out for a few years. Work and a slowing-down of my reading pace has meant I've not picked up any of his books for a few years, but he's certainly an author I keep my eye out for.
Vintage 0099-76521-7, 1997, 208pp, £6.99. Cover photo by Kjell Ekhorn
Vintage 978-0099-55215-4, £5.99
Jonathan Cape 0224-06010-4, 1999. 289pp, £10.00. Cover photo by Jake Walters/Kjell Ekhorn
Vintage 978-0099-28264-8, £8.99
Vintage 978-0099-28544-1, £8.99
Jonathan Cape 0224-06190-9, 2001, 292pp, £10.00. Cover photo by Karin Taylor
Vintage 0099-42268-9, 2002
---- [5th imp.] 2003, 292pp, £6.99.
---- 978-0099-53525-6, £7.99
Jonathan Cape, 2002
Vintage 0099-43796-1, 2003, 260pp, £6.99. Cover photo by Salia Fatima/Photonica
Jonathan Cape 0224-06389-8, 2003, 260pp, £10.00.
Vintage 0099-45398-3, 2004, 260pp, £6.99.
Vintage 978-0099-46467-9, £7.99
Jonathan Cape 0224-06302-2, 2004, 233pp, £10.99. Cover by David Foldvari
Jonathan Cape, 2005
Vintage 978-0099-45837-1, 2006, 412, £7.99. Cover by Stephen Parker
Vintage 978-0099-49936-7, £8.99
Vintage 978-0099-49937-4, £7.99
Vintage 978-0099-52697-1, £7.99.
Vintage 978-0099-52698-8, £7.99.
Vintage 978-0099-55259-8, £7.99.
Vintage 978-0099-57505-4, £9.99.
Doomed (due October 2013)