Will Self

A unique and controversial figure in British fiction, Will Self is a novelist, short story writer and cultural and political commentator. After a stint as a stand-up comedian and cartoonist for the New Statesman, Self penned The Quantity Theory of Insanity, a collection of short stories which brought him instant acclaim and notoriety in the literary world. Throughout his career Self has proved a divisive author for critics, and his florid style and shocking choices of subject matter have certainly marked him out as a distinctive voice. A Cock and Bull Story, a volume comprising two novellas published in 1992, explored themes of sexual violence, whilst 2002’s Dorian was a drug fuelled reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray transposed to 1980s Soho. More recent publications include the ‘modernist’ trilogy of Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Shark and Phone.

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Will's mother's hokey homily, Waste not, want not... hisses in his ears as he oscillates furiously on the spot, havering on the threshold between the bedroom and the dying one... all the while cradling the plastic leech of the syringe in the crook of his arm. Oscillating furiously, and, as he'd presses the plunger home a touch more... and more, he hears it again and again: Waaaste nooot, waaant nooot..! whooshing into and out of him, while the blackness wells up at the periphery of his vision, and his hackneyed heart begins to beat out weirdly arrhythmic drum fills - even hitting the occasional rim-shot on his resonating rib cage. He waits, paralysed, acutely conscious, that were he simply to press his thumb right home, it'll be a cartoonish death: That's all folks! as the aperture screws shut forever.

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Novels by Will Self

Cock and Bull
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My Idea of Fun
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The Sweet Smell of Psychosis
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Great Apes
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How the Dead Live
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Dorian
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The Butt
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Walking to Hollywood
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Umbrella
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Shark
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Phone
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The Book of Dave
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Short Stories by Will Self

Dr Mukti and Other Tales of Woe
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The Quantity Theory of Insanity
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Liver
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Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys
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Grey Area
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Other Books by Will Self

Will
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Feeding Frenzy
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Junk Mail
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Nicola Hicks: Keep Dark
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Psychogeography
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Psycho Too
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