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Tough, tough toys for tough, tough boys

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Will Self's third collection of short stories drags his readers straight back into the distorting, no-fun hall of mirrors that constitutes his fictional world. in 'The Rock of Crack as Big as the Ritz", a black Londoner finds his Harlesden house is underpinned by an enormous rock of crack cocaine. In 'Flytopia' a misanthropic man learns that flies have feelings too, when he wakes up in a world where humans and insects live in harmony together. In 'Dave Too' nomenclature - always a problem - turns viral; and in 'A Story for Europe' a two-year old English speaking child speaks his first halting words of ... 'Business German'. 'Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo' drives us into the 'terrifying tiny world of the urban adulterer'; and in the title story of the collection a psychoanalyst strips away at the masculine authority of his calling, and finds beneath all his sang-froid and professionalism precisely...nothing. 'Caring, Sharing' envisages a realm where adults can be the children they really are, and the short novella, 'The Nonce Prize' , presents a chilling portrait of a mans whose only escape from being framed as a child abuser is to win a short-story competition. A nasty, heartless compendium of the muddy foreshore and the abysmal depths of the human psyche. Order your diving bell now.

Hardback first edition book with dust sleeve. Creasing to top of dust sleeve and sun bleaching to spine of dust sleeve. Some creasing to top and bottom of spine of hard cover. Brown marks to edge of pages when book shut but pages themselves in good condition and look barely read.

Item details

Author(s):
Self, Will
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 1in
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0747539065
ISBN-13:
9780747539063
Number of pages:
244
Publisher:
Bloomsbury

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Will Self's third collection of short stories drags his readers straight back into the distorting, no-fun hall of mirrors that constitutes his fictional world. in 'The Rock of Crack as Big as the Ritz", a black Londoner finds his Harlesden house is underpinned by an enormous rock of crack cocaine. In 'Flytopia' a misanthropic man learns that flies have feelings too, when he wakes up in a world where humans and insects live in harmony together. In 'Dave Too' nomenclature - always a problem - turns viral; and in 'A Story for Europe' a two-year old English speaking child speaks his first halting words of ... 'Business German'. 'Design Faults in the Volvo 760 Turbo' drives us into the 'terrifying tiny world of the urban adulterer'; and in the title story of the collection a psychoanalyst strips away at the masculine authority of his calling, and finds beneath all his sang-froid and professionalism precisely...nothing. 'Caring, Sharing' envisages a realm where adults can be the children they really are, and the short novella, 'The Nonce Prize' , presents a chilling portrait of a mans whose only escape from being framed as a child abuser is to win a short-story competition. A nasty, heartless compendium of the muddy foreshore and the abysmal depths of the human psyche. Order your diving bell now.

Hardback first edition book with dust sleeve. Creasing to top of dust sleeve and sun bleaching to spine of dust sleeve. Some creasing to top and bottom of spine of hard cover. Brown marks to edge of pages when book shut but pages themselves in good condition and look barely read.

Author(s):
Self, Will
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 1in
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0747539065
ISBN-13:
9780747539063
Number of pages:
244
Publisher:
Bloomsbury

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