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Will Self
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26 Sep 2002

Feeding Frenzy - Booker nominee Will Self's dazzling collection of journalism and writing

'Self often writes non-fiction as though it were fiction, topping off what we know as reality with the cream of his surreality' Guardian

During the turbulent years of 1995-2000, Will Self surfed the great wave of olive oil which nearly swept British metropolitan culture away, and produced a series of restaurant reviews for The Observer, whose coruscating criticality led to a cabal of restaurateurs plotting his contract killing. In essays to accompany the work of admired artists such as Marc Quinn, feature articles on rock music and remote places, reviews of cultural phenomena as diverse as voyeuristic television and the Queen Mother, Will Self has produced what can only be described as a cachinnating cacophony of wilful provocation.

From the Booker-shortlisted author of Umbrella, this virtuoso collection, which also includes interviews and musings on Salman Rushdie, Hunter S. Thompson as well as a quasi-autobiography of the author's relationship with London, will be adored by fans of Will Self's fiction and nonfiction.

Will Self is the author of nine novels including Cock and Bull; My Idea of Fun; Great Apes; How the Dead Live; Dorian, an Imitation; The Book of Dave; The Butt; Walking to Hollywood and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He has written five collections of shorter fiction and three novellas: The Quantity Theory of Insanity; Grey Area; License to Hug; The Sweet Smell of Psychosis; Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo; Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys; Dr. Mukti and Other Tales of Woe and Liver: A Fictional Organ with a Surface Anatomy of Four Lobes. Self has also compiled a number of nonfiction works, including The Undivided Self: Selected Stories; Junk Mail; Perfidious Man; Sore Sites; Feeding Frenzy; Psychogeography; Psycho Too and The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Sep 2002)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0140290559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140290554
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will Self's collection of journalism and selected writings has all the usual caustic edge and bitter wit that is his stock in trade. Feeding Frenzy is a collection that takes us through the turbulent years 1995 to 2000. Self's observations on the changing face of British culture even includes his series of restaurant reviews for The Observer, which had several restaurateurs eager for his abrupt exit from this life. But the subjects here are satisfyingly varied: from the Queen Mother through voyeuristic victim TV to the excesses of the rock music business (over which Self casts a singularly cold eye). A fascinating collection, guaranteed to tread on all the usual toes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

'A clean, mean, writing machine' (Esquire), Will Self's books include the acclaimed short story collections THE QUANTITY THEORY OF INSANITY, GREY AREA, and TOUGH TOUGH TOYS FOR TOUGH TOUGH BOYS and three novels MY IDEA OF FUN, GREAT APES and HOW THEDEAD LIVE. There have been two previous collections of journalism JUNK MAIL and SORE SITES.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Regurgitation better than his fiction... 13 Dec 2004
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Though I have never been able to get into Will Self's fiction which I always experience as somewhat laboured, I found this collection of previously published magazine and newspaper essays, restaurant reviews and short features instant, engaging, thoughtful and provoking, insightful, often laugh out loud funny, subversive and full of humanity. From a review of an English Country Garden restaurant experienced on acid to Self interviewing JG Ballard via an essay on The Westway, if that sounds good to you, give it a go.
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By T. West
If you want to know what life in nineties britain was actually like, you need to buy this book.

It collects Self's articles from his various endeavours, including restaurant reviews (including McDonalds), Political and philosophical musings, surreal accounts of sojourns to the Orkneys and many articles on books, art exhibtions, architecture and cinema. It builds up a very dark and idiosyncratic take on nineties Britain that rings especially true in hindsight.

As this was my first foray into the world of Self, I was bowled over by his vocabulary and his ability to create unusual nightmarish visons in the mind of the reader, but any sense of intimidation is tempered and dulled by the frequent hilarity in his analyses and evocations, including an inverse ratio of pulchritude in diners and waiters, where if the waiters and diners are both similar in attractiveness, the food is bound to be awful. You will find numerous departures from reality in even the most functional review; from flies in tweed suits to the 'inundations of glutinous patties' at McDonalds. There are the tangental juxtapositions of high and low culture: the idea of Bertrand Russell force-feeding a Pot Noodle to protege Ludwig Wittgenstein is one notable example.

As expected, cultural references are many, and will be obscure to some, but Self is the last writer who should be expected to appease the casual reader, as a lot of his appeal is, or was, his complex prose and status as an enfant terrible of British literary life, not that he'd necessarily agree, as most interviewers find out when they try to categorise him and his work.

Overall, a very witty, concise and unique collection that paints a revealing picture of a chaotic and unsettled cultural scene in the UK. Just make sure you have a very good dictionary to hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it! 26 Mar 2003
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Ms Burrell (below) is absolutely correct: this is not a book one can skim through in a couple of days, it requires slow digestion (hence, presumably, the title). There is nothing to link the piece together, no chronology and no sense of narrative nor progress. But I guarantee you'll want to keep reading.
Just go out and get a copy, you won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any Will Self fan 2 Sep 2013
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Will Self, a tricky character nonetheless, offers a collection of articles/journalist work from a canon of publications. It is (relatively) accessible, I find some of Self's work fascinating but hard to get my my head around-perhaps that's just my literary laziness/ignorance. Most of all, some of the entries are very entertaining and offer a greater insight into the mind and life of Self.
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