We are delighted to present an exclusive Durham Book Festival commission from the Booker-Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre.
In a specially recorded podcast, which forms part of our Writing Durham series, DBC Pierre will talk about his commissioned piece The Long Cascade, which is inspired by his family’s strong connection to Durham, as well as his new novel Meanwhile in Dopamine City.
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, and at mortal speed. Until Lonnie finds himself in a stitch: he’ll have to join this new world, or wither in it. Or can he mastermind a vanishing act? The story of a hapless father’s love and loss, and a speedball, starburst satire, Meanwhile in Dopamine City is a passionate, freewheeling work.
Both the podcast and the commissioned essay will be available to read and listen to from 9 October.
DBC Pierre will be in conversation with Lee Brackstone, White Rabbit Books.
Buy Meanwhile in Dopamine City here.