Christopher Hart

The Joylessness of Self

Dr Mukti and Other Tales of Woe

By Will Self

Bloomsbury 257pp £15.99 order from our bookshop

‘RIGHT HO SELF. For tonight’s homework you will write a story that is full of generosity, good cheer and human variety, set anywhere except the suburbs of London, at any period except the present, in which no one has mental health problems, nobody uses words such as tmesis or cachinnate, syzygy or anaglypta, and everyone lives happily ever after.’

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