Why Read: Selected Writings 2001-2021


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About the Author

WILL SELF is the author of many novels and books of nonfiction, including Great Apes; How the Dead Live, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year; The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction; Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Shark; Phone; and the memoir Will. He lives in South London.


Praise for Why Read: "Whether he's writing stylistically innovative fiction or expanding the boundaries of what nonfiction can do, Will Self has established himself as a singular and influential writer over the last few decades. The new collection Why Read offers readers highlights from 20 years of his work, with Self covering subjects ranging from George Orwell to Chernobyl. It's a fine introduction to a major literary voice."--Tobias Carroll, InsideHook"Sharp, trenchant essays from an enfant terrible of modern letters . . . Plenty to ponder in this energetic, opinionated collection."--Kirkus Reviews "Idiosyncratic . . . Taken together, the candid musings are a fine mix of practicality and nostalgia. Self's fans will relish having these wide-ranging reflections in one place."--Publishers WeeklyPraise for Will Self: "Will Self may not be the last modernist at work but at the moment he's the most fascinating of the tradition's torch bearers."--New York"Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation, a writer whose formidable intellect is mercilessly targeted on the limits of the cerebral as a means of understanding. Yes, he makes you think, but he also insists that you feel."--Guardian"Mr. Self often enough writes with such vividness it's as if he is the first person to see anything at all."--New York Times"Self writes in a high-modernist, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness style, leaping between sentences, time periods, and perspectives . . . The reward is a strange, vivid book."--New Yorker"Self's prose demands real attention, but is never less than sharp, biting and incisive. Prepare to be eaten whole."--Independent"Like the work of the great high modernists from the 1920s, like Joyce, Woolf and Eliot, there is a kind of chaotic beauty in Self's unrestricted writing . . . You'll be simultaneously entertained, mesmerized, intellectually stimulated, baffled--and laugh your ass off."--NPR"Will Self's Phone will be one of the most significant literary works of our century . . . Over and above the intellectual sprezzatura of the work, there is, at its heart, an emotional core, a profound sense of grief."--New Statesman"Self has indeed been a goat among the sheep of contemporary English fiction, a puckish trickster self-consciously at odds with its middle-class politeness . . . Writers, too, as Self so wonderfully proves, can awaken the half-dead and reanimate that which has been sunk in oblivion."--New York Review of Books