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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Unbound (4 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783523557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783523559
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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"It is dark, dirty, grim and confusing – in a very good way. It’s also warm, humane, funny and mischievous, and all the pages are in the right order." (Jeremy Hardy)

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A darkly funny novel about an egomaniacal addict who learns the hard way that the only thing worse than waking up with a hangover from hell is waking up with a hangover in hell.

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Dead Writers in Rehab is a number of things that have to be described separately, although I want to stress that within the book itself they form an absolutely seamless whole in which all the diverse, strange ingredients reinforce and illuminate one another. First, it's an ambitious literary pastiche – in fact, eight or nine of them woven together – in which the author narrates his story in voices as varied as Dorothy Parker's, Hunter S. Thompson's, Ernest Hemingway's, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's, and nails every one of them. It's a meditation on the ways in which not just addicts of various kinds, but human beings in general, can't seem to avoid sabotaging themselves and anything else that ever threatens to bring them happiness. It's an exploration of redemption and healing, but also about how even those things, if and when they come, might ultimately turn out to be illusory, self-serving or impermanent. And if any part of that sounds impossibly dreary, it also happens to be one of the funniest books you'll ever read.

Here is a thing I don't say lightly: Portions of this book are written in the imagined voice of Dorothy Parker, and the laugh lines in them are as good as hers would have been. The gentle tweaking of Hemingway, Doyle and several others is dead-on and hilarious. The many sections of the book written in Mr. Davies' own literary voice are equally brilliant, filled with hundreds of little insights you immediately wish you'd thought of yourself and clever lines you immediately want to steal. And it contains the best Samuel Taylor Coleridge joke since Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

All of the above, incidentally, is roughly what I'd been led to expect from this book going in.
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I am half way through having spent hours into the night reading, following a wonderful night with Paul Bassett Davies himself as a pledge at the time of fund raising for the book. Now I know the author the book has an even more special feel, I can't wait now to buy his other book, and become a real fan. Unbound is an awesome new friend in my life, do read this book, with a few hours to sit and emerse into the story
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I picked up this book from a friend's kitchen table and started to read it. Came straight home and ordered it. This guy writes wittily, darkly and well; which isn't that easy to find these days. If you want an original read by an imaginative brain, this book is for you. And the pages are in the right order :)
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Was intrigued by the idea of meeting a load of dead writers in a rehab facility.The book has laugh out loud moments.Wilkie Collins,Samuel Coldridge,Dorothy Parker,William Burroughs,Hunter S Thompson and Ernest H...all interact wonderfully...it's a bit dark but all the better for it...wicked.
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Intriguing, clever, funny, irreverent, and challenging in places. What's not to like?! This book is a must for readers who like their comedy a bit dark. The hardback is also very lovely.
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