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Chair: Harry Whitehead
Will Self is the author of nine novels, including My Idea of Fun (1993), The Book of Dave (2006) and The Butt (2008) which won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. He has published several novellas and collections of short stories and was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for The Quantity Theory of Insanity (1991).
He has been a columnist for the Observer, the Independent, The Times and the Evening Standard and is a regular contributor to many periodicals, including the London Review of Books, Harpers, the New York Times and the New Statesman. Will Self has compiled several collections from his newspaper and magazine columns which range over interviews, restaurant reviews and literary criticism. Describing himself as a modern flâneur, he has written about walks he has taken around London, of distances up to 100 miles.
Radical in its conception, uncompromising in its style, Umbrella is Will Self’s most extravagant and imaginative exercise in speculative fiction to date. It has been longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.
Will Self lives in South London with his wife Deborah Orr, the journalist, and their children.
Dr Harry Whitehead is Lecturer in Creative Writing in the University's School of English/