DBC Pierre is a writer who wrote the novel Vernon God Little. He was born in South Australia in 1961, before moving to Mexico, where Pierre was largely raised. He now resides in the Republic of Ireland.
Pierre was awarded the 2003 Booker Prize for fiction for Vernon God Little, his first novel, becoming the third Australian-born author to be so honoured. Upon winning the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003 he became the first writer to receive a Booker and a Whitbread for the same book. The book also won the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Prize for comic literature at the Hay Festival in 2003, and earned the author a James Joyce Award from the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin.
In his own words:
Born to a bomber pilot turned scientist and an air traffic controller turned pianist and singer in an all-girls swing band.
Hard acts to follow.
Wish I could play music but I write instead. Used to draw, now I write. Writing’s closer to music, and probably to science and bombing and swing. And that’s where we meet.
Perhaps if we write and read the same thing together our narratives make a duet of it, a new tune of it.
Which is music after all. So thanks for that.