Simon Baker

Shoot Me Now

Lights Out in Wonderland


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D B C Pierre’s third novel is narrated by Gabriel Brockwell, a depressed 25-year-old anti-capitalist protester who has decided to kill himself. At the beginning of the novel he checks out of a Priory-like institution (which his father had checked him into) and, after many lengthy moans about the state of modern Britain, embarks on a last odyssey, at the end of which he will do away with himself. He first flies to Tokyo to see a friend, Smuts, who is a chef. When Smuts ends up in jail for poisoning a customer, Gabriel flies to Berlin where, when not gorging on impossible quantities of booze and cocaine (from the effects of which he recovers instantly, like a cartoon character recovering from being blown to pieces), he tries to stage the biggest party in history in the vaults of Tempelhof Airport. The novel then gathers increasing pace as it heads towards a bacchanalian and surreal ending.

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