Books

Dead Writers in Rehab

Paul Bassett Davies

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.

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation: The complete Series 10

Jeremy Hardy (and others)

Jeremy Hardy returns to the airwaves with four broadcasts of national comic import.

1. “How To Eat Food” In order to help explain one of our most fundamental acts as human beings, Jeremy picks up the topic of food with the chopsticks of enquiry and then drops it on his trousers of former cleanliness. Helping him tackle the subject will be special guests Vicki Pepperdine and Paul Bassett Davies

2. “How To Define Oneself In Terms Of Regional, Cultural And Geopolitical Identity Without Tears” In this post-Scottish-Independence referendum world, Jeremy dispassionately examines the questions of nationality, identity and accents. The noo. Helping him get to grips with the new world are Susan Murray and Moray Hunter.

3. “How To Be A Good Citizen” Jeremy attempts to understand citizenship, to examine the State and to spell surveillance. Looking over his shoulder at the script will be Gordon Kennedy and Carla Mendonça.

4. “How To Be Better, Theologically, Socially, Nationally, And In Terms Of One's Own Personal Development, Responsibility And Interaction With The Fellow Humans With Whom We Share This Fragile Planet An Ting”. Using just the Bible, the Monarchy & Audrey Hepburn, Jeremy Hardy promises to build a whole new you. Helping him along will be Paul Bassett Davies & Carla Mendonça

Biography

Paul Bassett Davies