William S. Burroughs (Author)

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William S. Burroughs was born in 1914. His first published novel was the largely autobiographical Junky, which remains a classic depiction of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures and relapses he was victim to for most of his life. In 1951, in a drunken William Tell stunt, he accidentally shot and killed his common-law wife. He is most famous for his use of the 'cut-up' technique of writing and the novel Naked Lunch. His other major works included Queer, Exterminator! The 'Nova Trilogy' (The Soft Machine, Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded) and the 'Red Night Trilogy' (Cities of the Red Night, The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands). He died in 1997.

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Book Cover:  And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

With an Afterword by
James Grauerholz

'The novel that kicked it all off'
Independent

This is a hardboiled crime novel, and a true story. In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, then still unknown writers, were both arrested following a murder: one of their friends had stabbed another and then come to them for advice – neither had told the police.




With an Afterword by
James Grauerholz

'The novel that kicked it all off'
Independent

This is a hardboiled crime novel, and a true story. In 1944, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, then still unknown...




Published: 26/10/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141189673
Book Cover:  Cities of the Red Night

An opium addict is lost in the jungle; young men wage war against an empire of mutants; a handsome young pirate faces his execution; and the world's population is infected with a radioactive epidemic. These stories are woven together in a single tale of mayhem and chaos. In the first novel of the trilogy continued in The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands, William Burroughs sharply satirizes...

An opium addict is lost in the jungle; young men wage war against an empire of mutants; a handsome young pirate faces his execution; and the world's population is infected with a radioactive epidemic...

Published: 03/03/2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141189932
Book Cover:  Exterminator!

A man, dispirited by ageing, endeavours to steal a younger man's face; a doctor yearns for a virus that might eliminate his discomfort by turning everyone else into doubles of himself; a Colonel lays out the precepts of the life of DE (Do Easy); conspirators posthumously succeed in blowing up a train full of nerve gas; a mandrill known as the Purple Better One runs for the presidency with brutal results;...

A man, dispirited by ageing, endeavours to steal a younger man's face; a doctor yearns for a virus that might eliminate his discomfort by turning everyone else into doubles of himself; a Colonel lays out...

Published: 16/12/2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141189840
Book Cover:  Interzone
Interzone shows the evolution of William Burroughs from the terse, fiercely confessional writer ofJunky to the wild, brutal fantasist of Naked Lunch.
Interzone shows the evolution of William Burroughs from the terse, fiercely confessional writer ofJunky to the wild, brutal fantasist of Naked Lunch.
Published: 13/10/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780141189871
Book Cover:  Junky

'Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life'

William Burroughs, legendary drug addict, founder member of the Beats and author of Naked Lunch , relates with unflinching realism the addict's life: from initial heroin bliss to an unabated hunger for the needle, and the horrors of cold turkey and back again.

An original, first-hand...



'Junk is not, like alcohol or weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life'

William Burroughs, legendary drug addict, founder member of the Beats and author of...

Published: 12/06/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780241956786

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30 Jul 2015
2015 Man Booker Prize longlist announced
We are delighted with the news that four Penguin Random House titles have been longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize:Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill CleggThe Green Road, Anne EnrightSatin Island, Tom McCarthy

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