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on 18 March 2007
A conspiracy theory is revealed where the entire population of London are really pawns in an intricate game between godlike players; The Indian Mutiny is re-enacted in a classroom triggering the mental breakdown of a teacher; everyone in London is a frustrated would-be novelist; a philosopher explores the nature of sexual freedom; a man loses his sense of scale as he becomes hopelessly entwined with the concept of the motorway; in a dystopian near-future England the fog-bound poor cough themselves to death while the rich look on; time is frozen in the mundane repetition of office life for a secretary; a new bee-mite derived anti-depressant drug trial goes horribly wrong; and the culture of expressing emotional problems leads to the mass break-up of relationships.
As with the vast majority of anthologies, this batch of nine short stories from Will Self is slightly variable in quality, but all the tales are peppered with the authors startling and often hilarious use of language, and when the concepts match the prose the results are startling. A couple of pieces (including oddly enough the title story) are a little too aimless for my tastes, but the dizzying trilogy of 'Scale', 'Chest' and 'Inclusion' are stunning enough to warrant the price alone.
A little bitty, but more often brilliant than not.