Walking to Hollywood
Walking to Hollywood is a dazzling triptych - obsessive, satirical, elegiac - in which Will Self burrows down through the intersections of time, place and psyche to explore some of our deepest fears and anxieties with characteristic fearlessness and jagged humour. 'Very Little' is ostensibly the account of a curative journey to Canada and the USA, but in fact the record of a nematode's progress, as the worm of obsession - with scale and packing and the 'stuff' of our lives - bores through a mind in extremesis. Walking to Hollywood is an extreme satire on celebrity, in which the narrator believes that everyone he meets is played by a famous actor, and that only he can solve the mystery of who murdered the movies. 'Spurn Head' leads Self to a tormented sojourn with a madman whose house is sliding over the edge of a cliff, to a game of checkers with Death, and finally to an encounter with one of Swift's immortal Struldbruggs and a march through a tear in time itself. In Walking to Hollywood Will Self pushes memoir to the limits of invention.
'A work full of his trademark hypersensitive invention ... vast inventiveness ... glittering' - Independent on Sunday
'Dazzling and discomfiting ... a supremely gifted writer and one of our most brilliant and iconoclastic public intellectuals' - GQ
'Only a writer with Self's panache can hope to pull it off ... the flashes of brilliance make being inside his various heads an exciting, if occasionally alarming, experience' - Independent
'A familiar mix of inspired satirical observations and his trademark discursiveness ... Self displays sudden turns of phrase that can have breathtaking emotional resonance' - The Times
Will Self is the author of many novels and books of non-fiction, including How the Dead Live, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year 2002 and The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008. He lives in South London.