Surreal comedy featuring Wilkie Collins reissued to mark bicentennial

On the 200th anniversary of Wilkie Collins’ birth, we are delighted to announce that we are publishing a new edition of Paul Bassett Davies’ surreal comedy Dead Writers in Rehab, which ventriloquises seven literary greats, including Collins himself.

The novel features the author of The Woman in White locked away in an institution with a bunch of other celebrated writers from history. All battling addiction issues, they include Hunter S. Thompson, Colette, William Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker.

Davies brilliantly channels them all in addiction diaries supposedly written during their stay at a mysterious institution that’s part Priory, part Purgatory.

‘Dark, dirty’

Dead Writers in Rehab was first published in 2017 by Unbound, with support from Jonathan Coe, Jo Brand, Griff Rhys Jones, Helen Lederer and Rufus Hound, as well as from the late Jeremy Hardy, who called it ‘dark, dirty, warm and funny'. It has not recently been available.

Paul Bassett Davies is a former creative director of the London Comedy Writers Festival. He is the author of four novels, of which we publish Please Do Not Ask for Mercy as a Refusal Often Offends and Stone Heart Deep. His work was also included in Stephen King’s 2016 horror anthology Six Scary Stories.

Our edition of Dead Writers in Rehab is out in May. Order your copy HERE.