Will is a major new work from Will Self, a memoir of addiction, urbanity, unhappiness, and artistic development that relates Self’s misspent youth, and takes the reader on an intoxicating trip from the backstreets of London to the far corners of the globe.
Will is a more accessible book than Self’s previous high modernist fiction. This will earn him new readers as well as offer a fruitful moment for critics to reflect on Self’s career.
We always receive major critical attention for Self’s work, and this book will offer an excellent moment for retrospectives and profiles. His last book, Phone, was described as “one of the most significant literary works of our century” by the New Statesman, and Christian Lorentzen wrote in New York that “Self may not be the last modernist at work but at the moment he’s the most fascinating of the tradition’s torch bearers.”
We are republishing three books from Self’s backlist with new attractive designs, bringing all of Self’s major work to the Grove list.
We plan to bring Self to the U.S. for events in conjunction with publication; when he was promoting Phone, he had a packed event at the 92Y with Martin Amis.
Self has recently committed to writing regular columns for Literary Hub over the next two years.
Self is one of England’s most highly acclaimed and well-regarded contemporary writers as well as a highly-regarded public intellectual. He has written on matters including Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, and the demise of the novel in the digital age.