Guardian Live - Will Self in Conversation
Join author Will Self in conversation with John Mullan, professor of English literature at UCL and chair of the Guardian’s Book Club.
Self’s latest novel Phone is a satire on the contemporary world. Jonathan De’Ath knows everyone – including his parents, colleagues, lovers and so-called friends – calls him “the Butcher” behind his back. But they don’t know about his real secret, his longtime lover Colonel Gawain Thomas, husband, father and highly trained tank commander.
The novel is part of a trilogy exploring the complex relationship between human psychopathology and technological progress. A follow-up to the 20th century-set Umbrella and Shark, Phone is a more contemporary look at the impact of technology on our everyday behaviour.
Umbrella was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012. Self is the author of a number of short story collections, novellas and novels, including Great Apes and How the Dead Live. He is also known for his non-fiction and journalism.