Will Self

Will Self is an English author, journalist, political commentator, and television personality. Known for his satirical and often surreal writing style, he has published numerous novels, short stories, and essays.


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  1. 1. Great Apes

    In this provocative and darkly humorous novel, the protagonist, a celebrated London artist, wakes up one day to find himself in a world where chimpanzees have evolved to be the dominant species, with humans relegated to a subservient role. As he navigates this surreal and unsettling reality, he is forced to confront his own identity, the nature of consciousness, and the societal constructs that define our existence. Through a clever inversion of our world, the narrative explores themes of humanity, power, and the thin line separating humans from the animal kingdom, all while offering a satirical critique of modern society and its foibles.

    The 3208th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. How The Dead Live

    This novel presents a unique and imaginative exploration of the afterlife, where the protagonist, a recently deceased middle-aged American woman, finds herself in a surreal version of London. In this otherworldly place, she is accompanied by a peculiar guide and is forced to confront the successes and failures of her life, her relationships with her family, and the impact of her choices. The narrative delves into themes of mortality, the meaning of existence, and the complexities of the human condition, all while maintaining a darkly comedic tone. Through its vividly imaginative setting and introspective journey, the story offers a thought-provoking look at what might lie beyond death, challenging readers to reflect on their own lives and the nature of the afterlife.

    The 6575th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. My Idea Of Fun

    The novel is a dark and twisted tale of a young man's descent into madness and moral decay, set against the backdrop of a grim, post-industrial England. The protagonist, an intelligent and imaginative individual, finds himself under the tutelage of a sinister mentor who encourages his most depraved fantasies and violent impulses. As he spirals out of control, his life becomes a blur of grotesque experiences and psychological horror, challenging the reader's notions of sanity, free will, and the nature of fun. The narrative is a complex blend of satire, social commentary, and surrealism, exploring the disturbing undercurrents of modern life.

    The 7114th Greatest Book of All Time