Posts Tagged ‘Paul Bassett Davies’


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.

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