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    Will Self(Author)

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'WHATEVER YOU DO hang on to the phone. . . .. . . . ! . . . .. . . . ! Feel the smoothness of its bevelled screen . . . .. . . . ! . . . .. . . . ! Place your thumb in the soft depression of its belly-button - turn it over and over. . . .. . . . ! . . . .. . . . ! A five hundred-quid worry bead - and all I worry about is losing the bloody thing. . . .. . . . ! . . . .. . . . !'

For the four characters at the heart of Will Self's brilliantly acute novel of our times the five hundred-quid worry bead in their pocket may be both a blessing and a curse. For elderly Dr Zachary Busner it is a mysterious object - 'NO CALLER ID - How should this be interpreted? Is it that the caller is devoid of an identity due to some psychological or physical trauma?' - but also it's his life line to his autistic grandson Ben, whose own connection with technology is, in turn,a vital one.

For Jonathan De'Ath , aka 'the Butcher', MI6 agent, the phone may reveal his best kept secret of all: that Colonel Gawain Thomas, husband, father, and highly-trained tank commander - is Jonathan 's long time lover.

And when technology, love and violence finally converge in the wreckage of postwar Iraq, the Colonel and the Spy's dalliance will determine the destiny of nations.

Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is Will Self's most important and compelling novel to date.

A triumph ... Phone is the final instalment in one of the most ambitious and important literary projects of the 21st century ... It'll take you a couple of weeks to read all three novels properly. But I can't think of a better way to spend your time. Self's message is a perennially important one, brilliantly expressed: only connect (Observer)Brilliant ... a kind of epic anti-tweet ... what better riposte to a culture that thinks in fewer than 140 characters? (Daily Telegraph)This trilogy will be seen in years to come as one of the most significant literary works of our century, books that reflect and refract the hideousness of our times ... over and above the intellectual sprezzatura of the work, there is, at its heart, an emotional core, a profound sense of grief (New Statesman)A series of fast-paced, laugh-out-loud witty, disgusting and frequently well-observed scenes. He has a sharp ear for dialogue, and woven in and out of the surreal narrative are some of the wisest reflections on the folly of war (in this case the Gulf War) that you are likely to read outside the pages of Tolstoy (A.N. Wilson Evening Standard)Addictive and compelling. Not to be missed (Daily Mail)There are marvels in store ... Self is profoundly interested in psychosis, paranoia, altered mental states, drug dependency , repetition compulsion and how our minds process time and memory (Times Literary Supplement)Teems with brilliance and originality (Attitude)A stunner (Mail on Sunday)Self has achieved the status of a true classic. He writes books that no one else could possibly write and which everyone admires ... he is in danger of becoming a national treasure... Self's books are radically funny raucous romps, understandable and enjoyable by just about anyone and everyone (Prospect)Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation (Guardian)[A] hurricane of eloquence blows in terrific passages of satire, comedy, even suspense - not to mention Self's pitch-perfect ear for the jargons and lingoes of modernity (Boyd Tonkin Financial Times)A brain-blitzing riff on war, technology and consciousness ... thrilling - who else is writing with this much freedom and verve right now? (Metro)A tale of the insights of the limitations of technology, the insights of schizophrenia, the abuses of modern warfare, and of a clandestine love affair (The Scotsman)

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Book details

  • PDF | 624 pages
  • Will Self(Author)
  • Viking (25 May 2017)
  • English
  • 2
  • Fiction

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  • By Jenny Gilbert on 3 August 2017

    It was the son's birthday present and he loved it Thank you

  • By Guest on 28 June 2017

    As described

  • By Siobhan Dunlop on 1 June 2017

    Phone is the witty and fast paced new novel from Will Self, a side-eyed look at the modern worlds of intelligence, warfare, and technology. The main focus is on Jonathan De’Ath, a spy known as ‘The Butcher’ to all who and know him, and his secret longterm lover, tank commander Gawain Thomas. The other thread of the narrative follows recurring Will Self character Zach Busner, an aging psychiatrist, and his family, particularly his daughter-in-law Camilla and autistic grandson Ben. Self creates a riot of a ride, darkly comic and reference-heavy, in this novel about technology and life in the twenty first century.The narrative hurtles full throttle in one direction, narrated by one character without room for pause, then screeches suddenly into a new point of view. This style - not unexpected to anyone aware of Self’s work - is unlikely to be to everyone’s taste, but it creates an obsessively-echoing and detailed novel full of parroting phrases and cultural references. Acronyms are written phonetically, making the proliferation of them in the modern day very apparent. The Butcher is a fantastic creation, a meticulous and twisted spook who ends up with a glaringly obvious Achilles’ heel, and his sections make for the most exciting reading. How his story has any connection to Busner, Camilla, and Ben is not apparent for much of the novel, but becomes apparent by the end in a satisfyingly fitting yet somewhat ambiguous way.Phone will not appeal to everybody. However, its blend of exposing military and intelligence cover-ups, political and societal satire, dark comedy, and strangely intriguing characters is a success, leaving a novel that is an intense and unrelenting read, one that pulls the reader into its style and idiosyncrasies. Despite being a spook adept at hiding, Jonathan De’Ath is not easy to forget.

  • By Guest on 2 July 2017

    A tour de force from Self. The ultimate stream of consciousness blasts like an armoured piercing shell through the Chobham of today's zeitgeist. No one could ever get bored of reading this again and again. Get a big mug of tea, perch yourself on your most comfortable chair and dedicate yourself to navigating your way through a story without a story, a narrative like several simultaneous phone conversations. Be careful, the pace gets faster and faster until your own chocolate soldier melts in the heat of your attention and collapses discarding your contents across the floor.

  • By Fanfare on 7 September 2017

    Absolute rubbish. How anyone can read this drivel I do not know. Glad I didn't buy it and got given it by a friend who had it for free!


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