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Tuesday 4 August 2015

DBC Pierre: Exquisite rambling from author of cool

By Joanne Savage

Published 03/05/2014 | 11:00

DBC (or Dirty But Clean) Pierre, winner of the 2003 Booker Prize for Literature, stepped up to the microphone in a leather jacket, bottle of beer in hand, and casually launched into anecdotes about a photographer obsessed with taking pictures of authors in graveyards.

He is known as a darkly humorous, full-on satirical novelist who grasps truth by the short and curlies. Pierre (real name Peter Finlay) is a writer of intense linguistic playfulness.

Born in Australia, raised in Mexico and now living in Leitrim, Pierre's anecdotes were freewheeling, hilariously absurd and moved from tales about snakes shedding skin, to drinking with lizards, to a kind of anti-travel guide.

Pierre can ramble, but it's rambling of the most exquisite kind, achingly witty, peppered with cool poetry, philosophical, hip, madcap. A fabulous personality to spend an evening in the company of.

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