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Join cultural and political icon Will Self as he launches his memoir, Will, and opens up about his addiction and life as a young adult.

Indulge in a funny, intense and anarchic journey into the mind of one of Britain’s most daring and original writers.

Will is the book that Will Self was born to write: a funny, frenzied and brutally honest memoir about his drug addiction in the 1980s and his attempts to grapple with adult life as he left university for the professional world.

 

Will Self is the author of novels and books of non-fiction, including Great ApesThe Book of DaveHow the Dead Live, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 2002; The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction in 2008; Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2012; and Shark. His most recent novel, Phone, was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2017. He lives in South London.

  • Will

  • 'Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation' Guardian
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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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  • Phone

  • 'WHATEVER YOU DO hang on to the phone. . . . . . . . ! . . . . . . . . ! Feel the smoothness of its bevelled screen . . . . . . . . ! . . . . . . . . ! Place your thumb in the soft depression of its belly-button - turn it over and over. . . . . . . . ! . . . . . . . . ! A five hundred-quid worry bead - and all I worry about is losing the bloody thing. . . . . . . . ! . . . . . . . . !'

    For the four characters at the heart of Will Self's brilliantly acute novel of our times the five hundred-quid worry bead in their pocket may be both a blessing and a curse. For elderly Dr Zachary Busner it is a mysterious object - 'NO CALLER ID - How should this be interpreted? Is it that the caller is devoid of an identity due to some psychological or physical trauma?' - but also it's his life line to his autistic grandson Ben, whose own connection with technology is, in turn, a vital one.

    For Jonathan De'Ath , aka 'the Butcher', MI6 agent, the phone may reveal his best kept secret of all: that Colonel Gawain Thomas, husband, father, and highly-trained tank commander - is Jonathan 's long time lover.

    And when technology, love and violence finally converge in the wreckage of postwar Iraq, the Colonel and the Spy's dalliance will determine the destiny of nations.

    Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is Will Self's most important and compelling novel to date.

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