27 January, 2021


Dirty But Clean Pierre; surprises in the latest Collins English Dictionary; and A Passage to India.

illustration by Jayachandran He’s been a filmmaker, cartoonist, smuggler before he’s hit pay dirt as an author. Dirty But Clean Pierre, the acronym under which Peter Warren Finlay wrote his book Vernon God Little, pipped Granta Best Young Writer Monica Ali and heavyweights Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis to win the 2003 Man Booker. Set in Martirio, Texas, the Australia-born, Mexico-bred, settled in Ireland author’s is the eponymous tale of a 15-year-old boy wrongfully accused of a high school massacre. Finlay’s debut was chosen for its linguistic energy, fed as it was by the 42-year-old writer’s self-confessed "deviating and mis-energetic" youth. No prizes for guessing where the £50,000 prize money will go: to repay maybe a third of his debts incurred during his swindling, drug-addicted and gambling past.

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