Will is going to be exploring the ways we remember the fiction we read in our youth, the role of memory, and our views of facticity at Ports Fest in Portsmouth on Thursday 30 June from 7.30pm till 9.20pm. He will also read from his latest book, Will: A Memoir. For tickets, go here.
Will is going to be talking to Dr Guy Mankowski about his latest book, Will, and ‘whether it captures the diversity of his life or, as suggested in the Daily Telegraph, is “Just another Selfian character, subject to absolute authorial control, the fragmented derangement of his youth woven into an intricate and coherent whole by the mature author”‘ at the Lincoln Book Festival on 14 October at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought here.
Tickets are available for Will’s talk and Q&A this Saturday online at 2-3.30pm at Ports Fest. The talk “will explore ways in which we remember the fiction we read during childhood and youth, the role of memory, and our views of facticity” and Will will also read from his latest book, Will: A Memoir.
Will in conversation with Sylvain Bourmeau about his latest book, Will, and many other things at Villa Gillet for the recent Littérature Live Festival (translated in French).
Will Self’s memoir, Will, is published today by Viking. Duncan White in The Daily Telegraph said: “Self writes with the same propulsive prose that he has deployed in his masterful recent trilogy, Umbrella (2012), Shark (2014) and Phone (2017), replete with riffs, puns, recursive loops and characteristic ellipses and italics. Perhaps Will is just another Selfian character, subject to absolute authorial control, the fragmented derangement of his youth woven into an intricate and coherent whole by the mature author.”
The Independent said: “Will Self’s memoir about addiction is an intense, stream-of-consciousness-like account of his life as a young addict, told through five ‘episodes’, starting from when he was 17. Self refers to himself in the third person throughout – in sentences such as ‘Will likes to quote Turgenev on the subject of enlightenment: What’s the difference between a white void and a black void’ – as he casts a jauntily honest eye over his once anarchic lifestyle.”
Alex Preston wrote in The Observer: “Darkly angelic prose… a joy to read, with the final part in particular recalling David Foster Wallace at his best… If, as he says early on in the book, ‘there’s nothing remotely exciting about heroin addiction’, there’s more than mere nostalgic pleasure in this gleefully self-lacerating memoir of drug abuse and rehab.”