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Self, Will

Works: 240 works in 1,073 publications in 19 languages and 18,195 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Short stories  Essays  Satirical literature  Novels  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Contributor, Narrator, wpr, wat, Editor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Singer, Composer, win, wst
Classifications: PR6069.E3654, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Will Self
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Most widely held works by Will Self
Umbrella by Will Self( Book )

43 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, Umbrella exposes the twentieth century's technological searchlight as refracted through the dark glass of a long term mental institution. While making his first tours of the hospital at which he has just begun working, maverick psychiatrist Zachary Busner notices that many of the patients exhibit a strange physical tic: rapid, precise movements that they repeat over and over. One of these patients is Audrey Dearth, an elderly woman born in the slums of West London in 1890 who fell victim to the encephalitis lethargica sleeping sickness epidemic at the end of the First World War and has been in a coma ever since. Audrey's memories of a bygone Edwardian London, her lovers, involvement with early feminist and socialist movements, and, in particular, her time working in an umbrella shop, alternate with Busner's attempts to treat her condition and bring light to her clouded world. Busner's investigations into Audrey's illness lead to discoveries about her family that are shocking and tragic. And realising that Audrey is just one of a number of post-encephalitics scattered throughout the asylum, Busner becomes involved in an attempt to bring them back to life -- with wholly unforeseen consequences
The Book of Dave : a revelation of the recent past and the distant future by Will Self( Book )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five centuries after Dave Rudman wrote a gripping text--part memoir, part deranged philosophical treatise, and part handbook meant for his son when he came of age--it is discovered by the inhabitants on the island of Ham, where it becomes a sacred text of biblical proportion, and its author is revered as a mighty prophet
Great apes by Will Self( Book )

55 editions published between 1997 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When artist Simon Dykes wakes after a late night of routine debauchery, he discovers that his world has changed beyond recognition. His girlfriend, Sarah, has turned into a chimpanzee. And, to Simon’s appalled surprise, so has the rest of humanity. Simon, under the bizarre delusion that he is ‘human’, is confined to an emergency psychiatric ward. There he becomes of considerable interest to eminent psychologist and chimp, Dr Zack Busner. For with this fascinating case, Busner thinks may finally make his reputation as a truly great ape." --Publisher
Shark by Will Self( Book )

32 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1975, five years after being tricked into going on an ill-advised LSD trip, maverick psychiatrist Dr. Zack Busner realizes the true nature of the events that transpired on that dread-soaked day
How the dead live by Will Self( Book )

42 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lily Bloom, an elderly American dying of cancer in a British hospital, retraces her life and then enters a rather banal world of the dead
Dorian : an imitation by Will Self( Book )

44 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the summer of 1981 and Henry Wotton, uneasily gay, egregiously drug addict, and queasily snobbish, is at the center of a Chelsea clique dedicated to timelss dissolution."--Jacket
The butt : an exit strategy by Will Self( Book )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Brodzinski, relaxing on vacation in the postcolonial Feltham Islands, sets off a string of unfortunate events when he flicks a cigarette butt off his hotel balcony. It lands on the scalp of tourist Reginald Lincoln III. Reggie's happy to laugh it off, but things slide from bad to worse when Reggie is hospitalized and Tom is charged with assault with a projectile weapon with a toxic payload
My idea of fun : a cautionary tale by Will Self( Book )

50 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of the grotesque. It features a protagonist whose idea of fun is pleasure killing and sadistic mutilation. By a writer who is one of Britain's rising stars
Phone by Will Self( Book )

17 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of a psychiatrist affected by Alzheimer's intersects with the life of an emotionally isolated MI6 agent in unexpected ways
The quantity theory of insanity : together with five supporting propositions by Will Self( Book )

49 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six satirical stories by an English writer. In The London Book of the Dead, a man learns about afterlife when he meets his dead mother walking in the street. In Understanding the Ur-Bororo, an anthropologist discovers that members of a Brazilian tribe derive their greatest pleasure from boring one another. By the author of My Idea of Fun
Tough, tough toys for tough, tough boys by Will Self( Book )

28 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eight satirical stories by a British writer. In The Rock of Crack as Big as the Ritz, two brothers discover a stash of drugs in their basement and go into the drug business, while in A Story for Europe, an English baby utters its first words--in German
Grey area and other stories by Will Self( Book )

43 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satirical tales set in England. In The End of the Relationship, a woman who has been left by her boyfriend provokes disharmony among couples she goes to for comfort, Between Conceits is on the art of manipulating people, and Chest is on smog and the British class system
Cock & bull by Will Self( Book )

52 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How was Bull to know that Dr. Margoulies was ripe for the strangest sexual adventure of his life? How could Bull have realized just how enticing his kindly doctor would find Bull's new organ? Poor Bull, friendly Bull, trusting Bull. He's just an ordinary sort of guy, fond of sports and a few beers." "Cock & Bull is a nightmare ride on the roller coaster where gender isn't so much bent as snapped in two. But then, in this world where sexual characteristics are being tossed around like salad, perhaps there's a bit of cock and bull in all of us?"--Jacket
Liver : a fictional organ with a surface anatomy of four lobes by Will Self( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A volume of interconnected satirical works is set in locales ranging from a London drinking club to an orderly Swiss city and considers the impact of disease on the body's largest internal organ
Junk mail by Will Self( Book )

23 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will Self is one of the most important novelists of his generation, and he is as acclaimed in the UK for his outstanding, daring journalism as he is for his fiction. Junk Mail is an original selection of pieces from Self's nonfiction and journalism that will introduce American readers to Self as a literary journalist par excellence. An often irreverent trawl through a landscape of drugs, culture, art, literature, and current events, Junk Mail takes us into the operation of an upstanding crack dealer, inside the unusual society of California cryogenicists, and to sit-downs with people from Morrissey to iconic radical feminist Andrea Dworkin. Whether he is writing about bad boy British artist Damien Hirst, how literary renegade William Burroughs has changed our outlook on art and intoxication, or what the current state of transsexuality has to say about gender for all of us, this is a lively and necessary anthology from one of the defining voices of our times
The sweet smell of psychosis by Will Self( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On landing a job with a London magazine, reporter Richard Hermes ingratiates himself into the milieu by participating in its debauchery. But Richard is an innocent from the provinces and his attempt at seduction is a fiasco. By the author of Great Apes
Dr. Mukti and other tales of woe by Will Self( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shiva Mukti is a hardworking and conscientious psychiatrist, who, in the inauspicious surroundings of St Mungo's - a central London hospital of more than average decrepitude - does his level best to staunch the flow of mental illness. But Mukti is not a happy man, beset by thwarted ambition and sexual frustration, he now finds himself in thrall to the more successful and urbane Dr Zack Busner, consultant psychiatrist at Heath Hospital, and an originator of the once modish Quantity Theory of Insanity. Why is it that Busner seems so intent on fostering a professional relationship with Mukti? Is it his way of putting his junior colleague in his place? Or is Busner - as Mukti begins to suspect - a member of a sinister cabal? And what about the schizophrenic patients Busner refers to Mukti for his opinion, are they merely sick people, or in fact human weapons in a bizarre psychological duel?
The undivided self : selected stories by Will Self( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new volume of work from the British satirist draws selected short stories from his five previous collections
Psycho too by Will Self( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A volume of essays explores the effects of our geographical environment--natural, man-made, or man-manipulated--on our emotions and behavior, and the interplay of surroundings and self
Feeding frenzy by Will Self( Book )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Feeding Frenzy, Will Self's third collection of journalism and selected other writings, takes us through the turbulent years 1995-2000. During this period Self surfed the great wave of olive oil that nearly swept British metropolitan culture away, and produced a series of restaurant reviews for the Observer whose coruscating criticality led to a cabal of restaurateurs plotting his contract killing. In essays to accompany the work of admired artists such as Marc Quinn, feature articles on rock music and remote places, reviews of cultural phenomena as diverse as voyeuristic television and the Queen Mother, Self has produced what can only be described as a cachinnating cacophony of wilful provocation."--BOOK JACKET
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The Book of Dave : a revelation of the recent past and the distant future
Great apesHow the dead liveDorian : an imitationThe butt : an exit strategyMy idea of fun : a cautionary taleThe quantity theory of insanity : together with five supporting propositionsTough, tough toys for tough, tough boysGrey area and other stories
Alternative Names
Gulielmus Self

Self, Wil.

Self, William Woodard.

Will Self

Will Self Brits schrijver

Will Self englischer Autor

Will Self scrittore e giornalista britannico

Вил Селф англиски писател и новинар

Селф, Уилл


셀프, 윌 1961-


セルフ, ウィル