I knew I had to write the roof off the fucken world ...says Dirty But Clean Pierre about writing his 2003 Booker winner Vernon God Little, a
... blistering assault on the no-brow superpower that gave the world the Big Mac, The Jerry Springer Show and the high-school massacre ...(The book didn't go down very well on that side of the Atlantic, apparently: no American publisher would touch it!)
Jasper Rees interviews Pierre (self-confessed ex-drug addict, ex-conman author, sufferer from narcissistic personality disorder) in the Telegraph. His latest book is Ludmilla's Broken English about a pair of cojoined twins, separated after 33 years, and is set in a future dysptopian Britain.
What made Vernon God Little so exilarating was the sheer recklessness of the language (Yes, he did write the roof off the fucken world as far as I was concerned) but Neel Mukherjee in the Observer feels this this is where that Pierre falls short in his second novel, which is:
... let down by a prose-style mannered to the point of gratuitous murkiness. The whole novel feels as if it has been written first in a normal way, then each sentence tampered with to produce a style that could be thought of as original and strikingly different.Second novels are so hard to write after the phonomenal success of a fluky first.