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Dead Writers in Rehab
Dead Writers in Rehab

Dead Writers in Rehab


400 Pages, 5.25 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $17.95 (US $17.95)

Publication Date: July 2018

ISBN 9781783523559

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Jul 2018)

Price: $17.95


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

When literary reprobate Foster James wakes up in a strange country house, he assumes he's been consigned to rehab (yet again) by his dwindling band of friends and growing collection of ex-wives. But he soon realizes there's something a bit different about this place after he gets punched in the face by Ernest Hemingway. Is Foster dead? Has his less-than-saintly existence finally caught up with him? After an acrimonious group therapy session with Hunter S. Thompson, Colette, William Burroughs, and Coleridge, it seems pretty likely. But he still feels alive, especially after an up-close and personal one-on-one session with Dorothy Parker. When he discovers that the two enigmatic doctors who run the institution are being torn apart by a thwarted love affair, he and the other writers must work together to save something that, for once, is bigger than their own gigantic egos. This is a love story. It's for anyone who loves writing and writers. It's also a story about the strange and terrible love affair between creativity and addiction, told by a charming, selfish bastard who finally confronts his demons in a place that's part Priory, part Purgatory, and where the wildest fiction can tell the soberest truth.


"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

Author Biography

Paul Bassett Davies is the author of Utter Folly, which spent several weeks at the top of Amazon's Humorous Fiction chart when it was published at the end of 2012, and has been optioned for television. He has written and produced for television, including Spitting Image, music videos with Kate Bush and Ken Russell, and has written and directed award-winning short films. Some of his published short stories have also won awards. In April 2011 he was Creative Director of the London Comedy Writers Festival.