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Release the Bats

DBC Pierre

The Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little returns with a book about writing fiction.

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A guide to writing fiction by the Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little.

Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction. DBC Pierre reveals everything he learned the hard way.

Critic Reviews

Brilliant, funny and very useful . . . Pierre gives pragmatic advice on writing, from plotting to organizing the files on your desktop.

Times Literary Supplement
Critic Reviews

Merging anecdote-driven theory with a freewheeling, maverick energy, Release the Bats offers a turbocharged manifesto of sorts that is fully in sync with Pierre’s established public persona of someone hitting his conversational stride halfway between his sixth and seventh sundowner.

Ben Myers, New Statesman
Critic Reviews

From how best to channel your muse to how to write effective characters, from penning gritty, authentic dialogue to how to build conflict in your writings, it’s all here.

Siobhan Harvey, New Zealand Herald

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,…

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