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That violent British novelist is in fact PAUL PICKERING.
|Pickering started his career as a journalist but wrote his first novel, Wild About Harry, after an assignment to Paraguay to find the war criminal Josef Mengele. The novel was both a critical and popular success and was long listed for the Manitoba Booker Prize. Charlie Peace, his next controversial novel about the second coming of Christ in modern times, drew the quote from J. G. Ballard that Pickering was "a truly subversive author" and called the decision not to publish the book in Britain "pure censorship".
The controversy led The Sunday Times to dub him "the de facto Norman Mailer of the British Literati".
After a near fatal stabbing in the Groucho Club in 1997 that blinded him in one eye, Pickering went to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last stages of the civil war, and produced The Leopard"s Wife to favourable reviews. He then went to Afghanistan for his most recent novel Over the Rainbow, which will be published in 2012.