Will Self

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Full name: William Self

Will Self.jpg

Area of interest: Contemporary culture, Current Affairs, Politics, Male gender issues, London issues

Journals/Organisation: The Independent | Evening Standard


Personal website: http://www.will-self.com


Blog: http://will-self.com/category/wills-blog

Representation: http://www.wylieagency.co.uk - for commissions, book rights, etc

Networks: https://twitter.com/#!/wself | http://www.facebook.com/willselfuk



Education: University College School, London; Christ's College, London; Exeter College, Oxford: Philosophy

Career: Began writing fiction, working as a cartoonist for the New Statesman and City Limits...

Current position/role: Columnist

  • also writes/has written for:

Other roles/Main role: Author, Journalist, critic, cartoonist

Other activities:



  • Guardian.co - the authors Will Self
  • Will-Self.com: Will Self's writing room (A 360 degree view in 71 photos by Phil Grey)
  • BBC News: Self v Littlejohn, 15th June, 2001 (edited transcript)
  • The Daily Telegraph: A writer's life: Will Self, 28th May, 2006
  • Author statement: 'I am fascinated by masculinity and gender. I have a very ambiguous sexual personal life, that's why I am so interested in it. I am a very girly person trapped inside a large, threatening male body. The fast cars and loud music and hard drinking in 'Tough, Tough Toys' are like a suit. I'm trying to deconstruct that image of men.' (Will Self quoted in interview with The Big Issue magazine, 20th April 1998)

Broadcast media: http://will-self.com/category/radio

Video: Regular broadcaster on television and radio



  • Nominated as one of Granta magazine's 20 'Best of Young British Novelists 2', 1993
  • Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize: The Quantity Theory of Insanity, 1991
  • Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (shortlist): The Butt, 2008


Other: Married to journalist / columnist Deborah Orr

Books & Debate:

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  • The Quantity Theory of Insanity (1991)
  • Cock and Bull 1992)
  • My Idea of Fun (1993)
  • Grey Area (1994)
  • Junk Mail (1995)
  • The Sweet Smell of Psychosis (illustrated by Martin Rowson) (1996)
  • Great Apes (1997)
  • Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys (1998)
  • How the Dead Live (2000)
  • Perfidious Man (photographs by David Gamble) (2000)
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  • Sore Sites (2000)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (introduction) (2001)
  • Feeding Frenzy (2001)
  • Dorian (2002)
  • Dr Mukti and Other Tales of Woe (2004)
  • The Book of Dave (2006)
  • Psychogeography (2007) OCLC 154703905
  • The Butt: an Exit Strategy (2008) OCLC 192045616
  • The Undivided Self: selected short stories (2008) OCLC 192045616
  • Liver: a fictional organ with a surface anatomy of four lobes (2009) OCLC 31571046
  • Walking to Hollywood: memories of before the fall (2011) OCLC 751822895

Will's page at Amazon✒

✒ Bloomsbury: author information

Latest work: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012: The Umbrella OCLC 809184814

Speaking/Appearances: see: Will's diary



  • No regular column


Evening Standard:

Column name:

Remit/Info: Current Affairs and Politics, London issues


Role: Columnist



Website: Standard.co / Will Self

Commissioning editor:

Day published: Wednesday

Regularity: Weekly

Column format:

Average length:

Articles: 2009

Articles: 2008

The Independent:

Column name: Psychogeography - column ended October 2008

Remit/Info: see: Psychogeography definition (Wikipedia)


Role: Columnist



Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/will-self

Commissioning editor:

Day published: Saturday Regularity: Weekly

Column format:

Average length:



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