WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2003 WINNER OF THE 2003 WHITBREAD FIRST NOVEL PRIZE Named as one of the 100 Best Things in the World by GQ magazine in 2003, the riotous adventures of Vernon Gregory Little in small town Texas and beachfront Mexico mark one of the most spectacular, irreverent and bizarre debuts of the 21st century so far. Its depiction of innocence and simple humanity (all seasoned with a dash of dysfunctional profanity) in an evil world is never less than astonishing. The only novel to be set in the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas, Vernon God Little suggests that desperate times throw up the most unlikely of heroes. 'A showpiece of superb comic writing ...Out of the detritus of a morally bankrupt society, Pierre has fashioned a work of comic art.' Sunday Telegraph 'In a just world, this ridiculously funny first novel would come free with every television set ...Not since reading John Kennedy O'Toole's masterpiece, A Confederacy of Dunces ...have I laughed so much or felt such sheer delight at the discovery of a wholly fresh comic voice ...this novel reads like a modern day fairytale.' Mail on Sunday
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Another high-school massacre; blighted lives and a hung-up teenager. But how much is Vernon G Little really involved? His neighbours, the local police and even his own mother, all manipulated by an ambitious repairman who makes himself main media spokesman, are quick to blame him, and his own unsavoury habits, friendship with a Mexican who's now dead and a traumatised teacher who can't or won't give him an alibi don't help. As evidence seemingly mounts against him, he makes off for Mexico, enlisting the help of the girl of his (dirty) dreams, but she too lets him down, betraying him to the police. Once he's rearrested, he finds the list of charges has grown alarmingly. Who will help this sassy and crude 15-year-old now? The story is peopled with grotesque characters, among them Vernon's mother, who has a strange inability to attend Vernon's court appearances (once because she is waiting for a fridge to be delivered), and her food-obsessed friends. The black humour can be very funny, in the court scenes, for example, where his first lawyer has an appealingly tenuous grasp of English and his second defender is initially successful like a parody of an American legal sitcom, but as Vernon comments on his bizarre experiences, the shock effect of the strong language and repetitive references to things like panty liners, sex and bowel movements tend to have a cumulatively repellent effect even as Vernon's plight becomes more desperate. Can this story be seen as an angry indictment of a world which takes things at face value? It is certainly not a comfortable or particularly enjoyable read. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - D. B. C. Pierre
When not travelling far and wide DBC Pierre divides his time between England and a mountainside in Ireland. Vernon God Little, his debut novel, won the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was followed by Ludmila's Broken English and Lights Out in Wonderland. He is also the author of a collection of short fictions, Petit Mal, and a Hammer novella, Breakfast with the Borgias.