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William Self (born 26 September , 1961) is an English novelist, reviewer and columnist. He is married to journalist Deborah Orr and is famous for such stories as Cock and Bull.

Self is known for his satirical, grotesque and fantastic novels and short stories set in seemingly parallel universes.




  • Cock and Bull (1992) — the stories of a man and a woman who develop sexual organs of the opposite sex.
  • My Idea of Fun (1993) — a lonely boy grows up just outside Brighton in a caravan park with his over-sexual mother and Mr Broadhurst who takes the boy on a disturbing and often violent journey.
  • Great Apes (1997) — a man wakes up in a world where chimpanzees evolved to be the species with self-awareness, while humans are the equivalent of chimps in our world.
  • How the Dead Live (2000) — an old lady dies, only to be moved to a London suburb where the dead have taken residence.
  • Dorian, an Imitation (2002) — a modern take on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • The Book of Dave (2006) — Set between 1987 and 2003, against a backdrop of Fathers for Justice protests, it is the story of a London cab driver who suffers a mental breakdown due to failed relationships, estrangement from his son and an obsession with The Knowledge. He writes a book of rantings which he buries, that is discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.
  • The Butt (2008) — a man flicks a cigarette butt from the balcony of his apartment while on vacation in a foreign land and soon finds himself enmeshed in the bureaucratic nightmare of native law.

Short fiction


Self has also compiled several books of work from his newspaper and magazine columns which mix interviews with counter-culture figures, restaurant reviews and literary criticism.

  • Junk Mail (1996)
  • Perfidous Man (2000)
  • Sore Sites (2000)
  • Feeding Frenzy (2001)
  • Psychogeography (2007)


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