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Will Self is the author of five novels, four collections of short stories, three novellas and four non-fiction works. He was born in London in 1961 and graduated from Oxford University. He began writing fiction and working as a cartoonist for the New Statesman and City Limits, a London listings magazine. He has a regular column in the Evening Standard and is also a frequent broadcaster on television and radio.
Nominated in 1993 as one of Granta magazine’s 20 ‘Best of Young British Novelists 2′, his fiction includes three short-story collections: The Quantity Theory of Insanity (1991), winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, Grey Area (1994), and Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys (1998). Cock and Bull (1992) consists of two novellas, and he is also the author of four novels: My Idea of Fun (1993), Great Apes (1997), How the Dead Live (2000) and Dorian (2002), a retelling of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale set in late 20th-century Britain.
His non-fiction includes Perfidious Man (2000), described by his publisher as ‘an examination of modern masculinity’ with photographs by David Gamble, and Sore Sites (2000), a collection of writings about architecture. In addition, he has published two collections of journalism, Junk Mail (1995), and Feeding Frenzy (2001), which includes writing from the period 1995-2000. In 2002 he took part in a ‘reality art’ project in a one-bedroom flat on the 20th floor of a tower block in Liverpool, writing a short piece of fiction while being watched by members of the public. His most recent novel is The Butt (2008), winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.
A regular broadcaster on television and radio and contributor to and numerous newspapers and magazines, Will Self lives in London with his partner and three children. A book of non-fiction, Psychogeography, was published in 2007, and a selected short stories, The Undivided Self, in 2008.
Books by Will:
Cock And Bull
Dr Mukti And Other Tales Of Woe
How The Dead Live
My Idea Of Fun
The Book Of Dave
The Quantity Theory Of Insanity
Tough Tough Toys For Tough Tough Boys
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