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Encyclopedia > DBC Pierre
Peter Warren Finlay
Pseudonym(s): DBC Pierre
Born: 1961
Occupation(s): Novelist
Writing period: 2003-present
Debut work(s): Vernon God Little

DBC Pierre (born 1961 in Australia) is a writer. A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Vernon God Little Vernon God Little is the debut novel of Australian born author D.B.C. Pierre (real name Peter Warren Finlay). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...

Born Peter Warren Finlay, the "DBC" part of his nom-de-plume (normally so written, without punctuation) stands for "Dirty But Clean". "Pierre" was a nickname bestowed on him by childhood friends after a cartoon character of that name. A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ... // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Bobby, Rab, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all short for Robert). ... A cartoon is any of several forms of illustrations, with varied meanings that evolved from one to another. ...

Pierre was awarded the Booker Prize for fiction on 14 October 2003 for his novel Vernon God Little. He is the third Australian to be so honored, although he has told the British press that he prefers to consider himself a Mexican. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Booker Prize, is one of the worlds most prestigious literary prizes, awarded each year for the best original full-length novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in the English language. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Vernon God Little Vernon God Little is the debut novel of Australian born author D.B.C. Pierre (real name Peter Warren Finlay). ...


Early life

He was brought up in Mexico City in a wealthy English family and lived a privileged childhood. His father fell ill when Pierre was sixteen, and died three years later. When President José López Portillo issued a decree nationalizing the country's banking system, the family's assets declined. Pierre has called this event, which cost his family its fortune, "the beginning of my problems". (Spanish: Ciudad de México, México D.F. or simply México, pronounced IPA: ) is the capital city of the nation of Mexico. ... The President of the United Mexican States is the head of state of Mexico. ... José López Portillo y Pacheco (16 June 1920 – 17 February 2004) was the President of Mexico from 1976 to 1982. ...

Pierre asserts that of the following years, nine were spent in a respectful drug-induced haze. He was involved in illegal and unprofitable schemes, including one aimed at locating the lost gold of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma. He has also confessed to once selling a house on behalf of his best friend, but then neglecting to hand over the proceeds in order to finance his drug habit. A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior. ... The Aztecs were a Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican people of central Mexico in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries who built an extensive empire in the late Postclassic period of Mesoamerican chronology. ... Moctezuma II, also known as Motecuhzoma Xocoyotzin and colloquially as Montezuma(c. ...

For most of the 1990s, he lived as a recluse – in his own words, "repolarizing and deconstructing" himself while listening to Russian orchestral music. He found work as a graphic designer and, in 2000, relocated to Ireland, where he edited his debut novel.

The Booker Prize comes with a monetary award of GBP 50,000. Upon being notified of his victory, Pierre said that the money would go one third of the way toward paying off his debts. ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom Inflation 2. ...

In 2006 DBC Pierre revisited the Mexico of his youth to explore and document the downfall of the Aztecs. In this revealing documentary he revisits the Aztecs' epic tale of decline and conquest. It's part a historical film and part road movie. 'The Last Aztec' follows Pierre as he traces the advance of the Spanish conquistadors toward the Aztec capital.

Published works

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Vernon God Little Vernon God Little is the debut novel of Australian born author D.B.C. Pierre (real name Peter Warren Finlay). ... Ludmilas Broken English is the second novel by Booker Prize winner D.B.C. Pierre. ...


  • Tilley's, Canberra's notorious Speakeasy, where DBC Pierre was presented with organic corn (in reference to his first encounter with Australian Customs). (Book launch, March 2006.)
  • Enough Rope, interview with Andrew Denton. (Interview, May 2006.)

Tilleys café Tilleys Devine café Gallery is a well-known café in the suburb of Lyneham in Canberra, Australia which first opened in 1984. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (or simply Enough Rope) is a television talk show broadcast on the ABC network in Australia. ... Andrew Denton (video tape cover) Andrew Christopher Denton (born May 4, 1960) is an Australian comedian and television presenter, and is the host of the ABCs weekly interview program Enough Rope. ...


Freak, dickhead, arsehole, dumb, farting machine, awkward and bumbling. – DBC Pierre describing himself the day after winning the Booker Prize. [1]
Mexico, with its contrasts, its crushing poverty and sparkling wealth, its institutionalised corruption and cultural wisdom, its love of life and its embracing of death, undoubtedly set me on a path toward the deep end, philosophically and emotionally speaking. – DBC Pierre. [2]

External links

  • DBC Pierre at www.contemporarywriters.com
  • Interview discussing Ludmila's Broken English – article on DBC Pierre (BBC Collective)
  • How did I get here? – article on DBC Pierre (The Guardian)
  • Strong first impression – interview with DBC Pierre (Powell's City of Books)
  • What have you learnt in your time on this planet? – recorded interview with DBC Pierre, April 2006 (RTRFM)
  • Faber and Faber - DBC Pierre's UK publisher
  • A short interview with DBC Pierre - discussing Ludmila's Broken English



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