It's his first since 1989's 'And The Ass Saw The Angel'

Publishing company Canongate has secured the rights to publish a new novel by Nick Cave.

‘Death Of Bunny Munro’ is due out in September 2009.

Canongate publisher and managing director Jamie Byng described it as being “a modern Faustus of sorts” that will “shock and amaze a lot of people”.

The book focuses on a man who travels around the south of England with his son after the suicide of his wife.

It is expected that the release of ‘Death Of Bunny Munro’ will also be tied in with an audiobook of the novel, to be read by Cave himself.

Cave‘s first novel, 1989’s ‘And The Ass Saw The Angel’, has gained cult status among fans.