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Faber acquires Man Booker Prize-winner DBC Pierre’s Meanwhile In Dopamine City

Faber acquired UK Commonwealth (inc Canada) + EU rights from Clare Conville at C&W Agency. Publication is scheduled for 6 August 2020.


It’s a big bad world out there, in Dopamine City. All Lonnie Cush wants is to keep his kids safe. But Shelby-Ann – his little girl, the maddening apple of his eye – has other ideas: Shelby-Ann wants her first smartphone.

So new realities are rocketing their way to 37 Palisade Row, where everything will change, every day, at mortal speed, as Lonnie finds himself in a world he’ll need to join or wither in. Unless he masterminds a vanishing act . . .

Alex Bowler, Publisher, said:

The story of a hapless father’s love and loss, and a speedball, starburst satire, Meanwhile in Dopamine City is a passionate, freewheeling work of the human imagination: a riotous cry for the soul and the flesh and the heart in automatic times.

DBC Pierre said:

I’m elated that Faber is behind this gleeful new algorithm of trigger words for our time – it’s dedicated with love to all of us whose mottos have condensed to WTF.

Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre’s debut novel, won the Man Booker Prize in 2003 and sold in 43 territories. The novel also won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Award and the James Joyce Award from University College Dublin.

DBC Pierre is also author of the novels Ludmila’s Broken English and Lights Out In Wonderland, plus the picture book for distracted adults Petit Mal and the Hammer novella Breakfast With The Borgias. In 2016 Faber & Faber launched Release the Bats, a memoir and practical guide to breaking through in fiction without killing yourself. Pierre is a regular contributor to New Philosopher magazine and divides his time between the UK and Ireland.