The Quiddity of Will Self

The Quiddity of Will Self
Samantha Mills
Reviewed by Sarah Gammon
Corsair
Wed, 15/02/2012
9781780331133
£12.99

Samantha Mills' The Quiddity of Will Self weaves the macabre through different eras and voices to create a mysterious novel centred around a group of Will Self fanatics.

The extremity of their adoration of Will sees murder, mutilation, sex and drugs crash into a hedonistic moral descent for the upper class devotees and the generations that follow them. It is Mills' imagination and plot that carries the reader through rather than the characters, none of whom are particularly likeable and when the author is introduced towards the end this creates an air of self-indulgence (with a small 's') that is a little irritating. However the story is strong and some particularly creative concepts make for a good read reminiscent of The Secret History.

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