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Published: 4 May 2017


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 realises 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.

My Thoughts & Review:

“Dead Writers in Rehab” isn’t the sort of book I would normally pick up, but something about the description of this book grabbed my attention and drew me in, this was a book I needed to read.

This is quite possibly one of the funniest books I’ve read recently, so many times I found I was laughing aloud (much to the displeasure of my husband at 2am), but it is also extremely moving and insightful – a wonderfully powerful combination.  Without rehashing the plot away I will say that each of the residents of the rehab facility is a well known literary figure who is suffering from an addiction, their individual voices are so very crisp and clear, their foibles make for some very entertaining reading,  as do their narratives.
In essence this is a novel about love, the power of it, the struggle with both loving and being loved and it’s redemptive qualities.

The writing is clever and insightful, but it’s also witty and dark.  The idea behind the plot is unique, I cannot think that I’ve seen anything  like this before, perhaps it has been done before and if you know of another book like this then please do let me know.

There are so many parts of this book that I would love to point out for their humour but I would end up quoting most of the book, far too many clever little snippets that I cannot narrow down my favourites.

You can buy your copy of “Dead Writers in Rehab” via:

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Holy Cow

Author : David Duchovny
Published: 24 September 2014
Reviewed: 11 November 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy kindly supplied by Headline in return for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars



Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God – and what the Box God reveals about something called an ‘industrial meat farm’ shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.

The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport …

Elsie is a wise-cracking, slyly witty narrator; Tom dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny’s charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance the world desperately needs.
Elsie was what I thought to  be a “normal” cow, with “normal” cow things on her mind, eat grass, produce milk and generally just mooo about….but this has turned my thinking on it’s head!  Who knew that a cow could think and feel so much? 
After sneaking out one night in a daring move, Elsie makes her way to the farmhouse where she sees the humans worshipping the Box God (TV for those who’ve not read the book) and is fascinated by what she sees, that is until the startling discovery about a ‘meat farm’ – this is too much for Elsie to take in.  She can’t quite believe the images she has seen, she can’t “un-see” them and she can’t stop thinking about what it means for her and her friends in their idyllic life on the farm.

Being a wise cow Elsie plans her escape, aided/ hindered by Jerry the pig (who converts to Judaism and now goes by the name Shalom) and Tom the turkey (who has amazing abilities with his beak!) the trio break out of the farm one night and are off into the unknown, looking for freedom, safety and acceptance.

Whilst this is a humorous book, it does touch on some serious ideas, religious intolerance and animal welfare, but these are done without offence.  The conversational narration by Elsie is both witty and funny, the cow humour is fantastic, the references to pop culture are clever, and there are opportunities aplenty for laughs. 
This is an engaging book, and despite being a quick read, it’s a satisfying read.  Having short chapters and being written in the style of a script, this book can easily be read in one sitting (that is, if you have the time to sit and read and not have a toddler to entertain, housework to do, or a job that requires your attention!)

An absolute departure from reality,  but a welcomed change of pace and thinking! 

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporary fiction, or just something “out of the ordinary” 

We all know Duchovny from his days on TV, whether it’s as Fox Mulder in the X Files, or Hank Moody in Californiacation, he’s starred in many films and has released an album in the music industry, but he’s now known as a writer.  After Holy Cow, I think it’s safe to add writer to the list of his talents. 

I would like to thank Headline for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 24th September, a copy can be purchased here Holy Cow (UK Paperback Version)

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