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The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills

The Quiddity of Will Self

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March 2012 Book of the Month.

How do you write a review about a book that aims to be the literary equivalent of the indie cult film Being John Malkovich? Described by the Independent on Sunday as “the weirdest deal of the London Book Fair, Quiddity is a quirky, comic novel you can’t afford to miss.” We have to concur and strongly suggest you download the free Opening Extract and decide for yourself...

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The Quiddity of Will Self by Sam Mills

A ghost hovers outside the window of Will Self's study. She is Sylvie, a beautiful young woman who was recently murdered, who wants to influence Self's latest novel before she moves on...Her dead body was discovered by Richard, a twenty-something idler and literary wannabe. He discovers that Sylvie was a member of the W.S.C. - a mysterious cult of charismatic writers who appear to worship Will Self in a strange and secret style. Gradually, he gets sucked into their dark world of absinthe, cloaks and bizarre Initiation rites. Richard begins to lose his sense of perspective. What is the WSC and what is their relationship to the mysterious Hemingway potions? What did they do to Sylvie...and what will they do to him? Ranging from the present day to 2049, from dictionary rape to literary orgies, from lesbian book reviewers to the Great Vowel Shift, The Quiddity of Will Self is a quirky, comic novel, reminiscent of Being John Malkovich - with the acclaimed novelist, Will Self, as the centre of fascination.

About the Author

Sam Mills was born in 1975. After graduating from Lincoln College, Oxford University, she worked briefly as a chess journalist and publicist before becoming a full-time writer. She has contributed short stories to literary magazines and websites such as Tomazi and 3am and written articles for the Guardian. Sam is one of the founding members of the Will Self Club (WSC) and was recently elevated to the position of Sovereign Grand Quiddity Inspector General, the most powerful position in the Selfian hierarchy:

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15th March 2012


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Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson


304 pages


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