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Will Self is the author of ten novels, five collections of short stories, three novellas and five 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 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)Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe (2004), Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes (2008) and The Undivided Self: Selected Stories (2010). Cock and Bull (1992) consists of two novellas, and he is also the author of 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. Recent works include Walking to Hollywood (2010), Umbrella (2012) and Shark (2014).
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
Walking to Hollywood
Will Self is 6 feet 5 inches tall.
‘Is The Left Dead’? Funzing in association with Specialist Speakers presents Will Self live at Emmanuel Hall, London, July 31st. https://uk.funzing.com/funz/will-self-is-the-left-dead-17937
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