Put this down on your list of books to read, if only to stay abreast of the latest bizarre developments in literature: Nick Cave's The Death Of Bunny Munro features a protagonist so obsessed with Kylie Minogue and Avril Lavigne, Cave has issued an apology to both singers.
"I would like to publicly apologise to both of them, especially Avril Lavigne," he said. "Because the writing about her is darker and more invasive I guess. I know Kylie and at least, I hope, she will take it in the spirit it was written. At the time that the book was set, which was about eight years ago, or seven years ago, Kylie Minogue and her hot pants were all the tabloids wrote about in this country."
The book revolves around the titular Bunny Munro, a door-to-door lotion salesman who spends his days seducing women, "serving both their sexual and moisturizing needs," according to Amazon. After his wife commits suicide (a fact for which Bunny feels partly responsible- gee, I wonder why), he hits the road with his son, Bunny Jr.; meanwhile, a man in red face paint and plastic devil horns accosts women in Northern England before a murderous impulse sends him southward.
This is not a joke.