Know Your Booker!: Richard House’s The Massive (The Kills: Book Two)

The_MassiveSo you think you know everything there is to know about The Massive, the second book in Richard House’s Booker nominated novel The Kills? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Massive is described by the book’s publisher Picador as follows:

Rem Gunnersen needs work. His wife needs a vacation. Cathy won’t get her vacation. Rem’s job will kill him.

Down on his luck and desperate for money, Rem Gunnersen accepts an unusual proposition: to lead a team of seven men to Camp Liberty. A remote military base in the Iraqi desert, it is the place where the detritus of war is incinerated, buried, removed from memory. For a long time the camp has been unmanned. Rem and his men have no idea why they need to be there. Then Stephen Lawrence Sutler arrives.

The Massive is book two of The Kills.

Who is Richard House?

According to his official bio on the Pan Macmillan website:

Richard House is a writer, artist, film-maker and teacher. He is the author of two short dark novels, published by Ira Silverberg a number of years ago in the Serpent’s Tail High Risk series (Bruiser and Uninvited). He is a member of the Chicago-based collaborative, Haha (whose work has appeared at the New Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Venice Biennale). He now teaches at the University of Birmingham. He is the editor of Fatboy Review, a remarkable digital magazine.

What does BookerMarks think of The Massive?

Aaron (Review): “With The Massive Richard House introduces us to the very real, very human side of the war on terror as he eloquently and intelligently searches for meaning and truth in the most unlikely of places.”

What do YOU think of Richard House’s The Massive? Sound off below or visit our GoodReads forum to submit your official rating for the book which will be added to our community long list standings!



  1. The Kills would be an unusual winner of the Man Booker Prize – as a ‘thriller’, a multi-media concept and, of course, a very long book. I’ve used it as a starting point for my blog post on reading speeds (I haven’t read the novel myself, by the way).

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