Same way everyone gets into art college
Failed all my exams and applied
- Lister the Great
El Reg bookworm Mark Diston reviews the latest literary treats. Lauded wordsmith Will Self's new novel takes some extraordinary twists and turns. Joy Division and New Order guitarist Bernard Sumner tells his life story and Alexander Watson delivers a unique take on WWI, history, not from the victors, but as told from the centre …
He's a brilliant wordsmith, an interesting radio broadcaster, a passable Alistair-Dabbs-impersonator, but I've really struggled with Will Self's novels. The most enjoyable one (for me) was Dorian, based on a stolen plot device (thanks Oscar) but fulsomely reimagined for our age.
Definitely not keen to practice the acne cure from "My Idea of Fun".
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