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This is an auction for GREY AREA by Will Self.

“Self's latest collection of short stories stands out from the crowd: the book's epigraph is the epitaph of one of its characters. Self has made his name writing comic, far-fetched, imaginative works that portray a world almost, but not quite, our own. In the title story, a woman waiting for her period discovers that time has stopped; however, her daily routine is so bland and repetitive that it takes her a while to notice. Eventually, the media pick up the story and pundits are called upon to explain the situation: "it can be difficult to ascertain when nothing begins to happen." "InclusionR," the most complicated of the stories, is the content of a file on a disastrous clinical trial of a new antidepressant. Contained therein are the public relations report, the journal of the doctor conducting the trial, as well as the journal of a patient who learns of his participation in the testing only through the drug's peculiar effects. Self's stories are comic nightmares, evoking what is most disturbing about the present (environmental destruction, depression, and dislocation) and combining it with a twisted, ironic sense of humour. Recommended.”
- Library Journal (US)

“Once again bringing piercing wit and narrative virtuosity to the short-story form, Self lays into contemporary England. Self inlays subtle connections among all nine stories and repeatedly delves into themes of egotism, neurosis, charlatanism and conformity, and he does it all in crisp, economical prose enriched with the evocative diction of a confirmed logophile.”
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 1966.

287 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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