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    Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Having recently begun Will Self's own forthcoming memoir I was reminded this exists and it turns out to be vastly engaging De Abaitua was Self's 'amanuensis' – for which read dogsbody housemate minder and general sidekick – during Self's nineties heyday as the designated countercultural emissary to mainstream literature Back then de Abaitua was an aspiring novelist; now he's a disillusioned one who's realised that a

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    Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Self I by Matthew De Abaitua is a cautionary yet always engaging tale ideal for anyone who dreams of becoming a published author Written in the form of a memoir it recalls true events and interactions from the auth

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    Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua To say that I approached this book with trepidation would be an understatement I am not a great one for non fiction of any kind particularly biography or memoir Nor am I one for literary criticism I am to use the author's own words a readerBut I am of the same generation as the author so much so I was at the same university at the same time

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    Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua 'If you love Withnail I you must read this' Caroline Sanderson The Bookseller'I love the perfectly wry balance Matthew De Abaitua achieves between innocence and knowingness between apprenticeship and ambition It’s a delicious peek i

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    Read Self and I Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary This was lots of fun I remember the 90s era when Self was a bit of a self styled King of the Groucho and he lorded it on TV show panels as literary London's rebel wunderkind Matthew de Abaitua now himself a novelist does a great job at capturing the mood of those times during which he lived and worked with Self as his amanuensis but of course he couldn't be a mere assistant could he? in an authentic rundown old Suffolk cottage

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    Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Cards on the table I had the pleasure of working with Matthew De Abaitua for four years in the mid 2000s During that time he spoke occasionally about the months he'd spent as Will Self's amanuensis look it up Now he's written account of that time and how it shaped him as a writer Eual parts amusing and melancholy Self I provides a rare opportunity to discover what makes authors tick Book of the year? Hard to say what wi

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    Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua At times enjoyed this even than De Abaitua's SF novels Really great stuff a glimpse into a what proved to be a transition

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    Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Honest and illuminating This brisk volume packs in a lot of wisdom on creativity ambition and the I Know Everythi

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    Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary A must read for fans of Will Self the aggressively intellectual drug using bad boy of British books The author worked as amanuensis to the famous novelist performing menial domestic and professional chores in return for accommodation and a meagre wage At this time Self was mostly living in Suffolk after splitting from his first wife and there are shades of Withnail and I an influence De Abaitua acknowledges at the endThe author

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    Self and I) [Pdf Kindle] ¸ Matthew De Abaitua Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Read Self and I Having just read 'The Butt' I thought I'd read a book about rather than by Will Self next Suffice to say it's uite a contrast There are some moments of real insight some passages of memorable prose and some less than commonplace observations B

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Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary Read Self and I S Will Self the enfant terrible of the literary sceneFor the next six months De Abaitua and Self share a remote cottage in Suffolk working on their literary ambitions They are distracted by hikes to Sizewell nuclear power station opium tea and the allure of Soho Thanks to Self and his library of bad influences from JG Ballard to William Burroughs De Abaitua undergoes a rite of passage that changes. If you love Withnail I you must read this Caroline Sanderson The Bookseller I love the perfectly wry balance Matthew De Abaitua achieves between innocence and knowingness between apprenticeship and ambition It s a delicious peek into the Will Self industry and the vanished publishing world of the Nineties but it s also a wonderful highly readable book about love and dedication and coming of age as a process of learning to be honest with ourselves Lauren Elkin author of Fl neuseSelf I ups the stakes on both UI and Withnail and I to offer an utterly compelling account of what it means to read write live and breathe literature Anyone interested in the world of letters will devour this book with delight Matt Thorne Very funny but with an undertow of melancholy Self I is at root a hymn to the vocation of writing and as such sings to all us nearly writers wannabe writers and sometime writers ie all writers with the ecstasy of scripture Will Ashon author of Strange LabyrinthSelf I is a little classic A uniue insight into the mindset and working methods of one of the key writers to have emerged from the post Thatcher years it is also a manifesto in a sense for beginning writers a wrestling over some of the uestions of what it means to be a writer in today s BritainNina Allan author of The Rift

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Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary Read Self and I Him foreverCaught up in vital threads of the early Nineties from the rise of New Labour to the slow decline of the literary establishment and the emergence of the internet Self I is set in a time that burns brightest in its final hour It is a frank and very funny account of a young hopeful writer who finds himself alongside one of his heroes only to discover that literary ambition comes at a pric. A must read for fans of Will Self the aggressively intellectual drug using bad boy of British books The author worked as amanuensis to the famous novelist performing menial domestic and professional chores in return for accommodation and a meagre wage At this time Self was mostly living in Suffolk after splitting from his first wife and there are shades of Withnail and I an influence De Abaitua acknowledges at the endThe author gives interesting and helpful critiues of some of Self s fiction which he uses as a roadmap to understand his boss and himself and his chosen careerEven though not an avid follower of Self I found the descriptions of his domestic and working life riveting Perhaps I should say that I am bound to be fascinated by an author s MO because I am a book editor I also declare familiarity with the landscape of Suffolk where much of the Selfish stuff takes place and the London literary scene and indeed a glancing connection to a particular strop referenced here that Self threw in the direction of another author Self is famous as an ex junkie and has just published 2019 an account of his addiction but at this period was merely dabbling with other drugs than heroin Special cigarettes are pretty much a daily ritual The coy term special cigarette is used throughout but instead of being tedious it becomes very funny There is a hilarious episode in which Self gets off a train to smoke a joint is invited into the driver s cabin and ends up guiding the train in to Victoria while the driver has a relaxing puffDe Abaitua is funny about Self but so about his own life He weaves in his childhood and adolescence a journey from lower middle class Liverpool to the allegedly glamorous world of literature with anecdotes about Self and learning to drive and his girlfriend and the general growing up that he did in this period This is a very good description of being in one s twenties embarking on the adult world while usually feeling adrift in it For my money this is a good way to deal with said embarkation All the time I ve been trying to catch a glimpse of something meaningful out of the corner of my eye I ve denied the real world its due Ambition intoxication dreams books I have used them as ways of ignoring the world It is also superbly constructed engaging amusing and sometimes rather boring evoking De Abaitua s existence when he was left alone in the rural cottage for daysAfter leaving the job De Abaitua worked on The Idler magazine and partied 90s style in London a section of the book that made me slightly envious Essentially this is the autobiography of someone of whom you haven t heard but it is much and much better than that

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Review É PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Matthew De Abaitua Matthew De Abaitua Ð 2 Summary Read Self and I A uniue remarkable and hilarious portrait of one our most talked about and controversial literary figures1994 Matthew De Abaitua fresh out of university is being interviewed for a job The interview involves discussing literature honking on a special cigarette and shooting at empty whisky bottles with an air rifle The job in uestion is that of amanuensis or live in personal assistant The employer i. Self I by Matthew De Abaitua is a cautionary yet always engaging tale ideal for anyone who dreams of becoming a published author Written in the form of a memoir it recalls true events and interactions from the author s earlier years It offers a reflection on a bygone era capturing how life was experienced without the maturity of hindsight It remains mindful of those involved at the timeIn July 1994 twenty two year old Matthew Humphreys was employed by Will Self as the newly divorced enfant terrible of the British literary scene s amanuensis translated as slave at hand Matthew lived alongside the in demand author in a remote cottage in Sussex He was eager to learn from his new employer and develop his own writing Matthew grew up in a Liverpool dormitory town took a holiday job as a security guard on the city s docks attained an English Literature degree from the University of York and studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia under the tutelage of Malcolm Bradbury He was still waiting for his expected coming of age moment that would define what he would afterwards be1994 was before the internet and social media Authors expected to be revered to have readers accept whatever they were given Writers sought validation from other writers feeling anger and frustration when readers didn t pay their work the attention they believed it deserved A sympathetic protagonist an easy and unassuming prose style and a strong plot these were marks of weakness Signs of pandering to the reader And who wants to hang out with that loser Matthew was a naive young man full of big words and little understanding Now a creative writing lecturer at the University of Essex he may well have written this book with his students in mind It is very funny in places and offers an insight into the mindsets of both an aspiring and an established author Will Self was well aware of how the world viewed him and worked on maintaining his reputation despite the personal costs He offered the young Matthew practical help and advice whilst warning him against the excesses in which he himself regularly indulged Play up the vivid persona and use it to smuggle the work into the culture The side effect of such a public persona is that it becomes the object of other people s frustrated ambition and they take out their grievances upon the work In the period covered Matthew is attempting to find his place in the world whilst learning to accept his own inadeuacies At times he struggles with the lonely life in the cottage and his relationships with the people he interacts with including those from his home town The people you leave behind the life you reject Old friends are signposts down an untaken path Ambition reuires betrayal Matthew worked for Will Self for six months although they remained in contact for longer As well as relating thoughts and incidents from this time he offers the reader pivotal periods from his background and what came after He recognises now that he didn t yet have the lived experiences needed to strengthen his writing He was impatient for the life he craved to begin I was a young man who compared the books I read with the books in my head and found them wanting He uotes author Jenny Offill who wrote You are not allowed to compare your imagined accomplishments to our actual ones The ups and downs of living with a big personality like Will Self is fascinating but the insights in this book come from the author s musings on his own thoughts and actions at the time He has captured the intense certitude of a young person alongside that giddy concern encountered when they realise achievements beyond ualifications do not come with a map In time Matthew will become a published author That path is but one in a life cheuered by mixed experiences and not coming to an end with the longed for publicationAs a reader with no illusions of ever acuiring the skills needed to write a book I am probably comparable to the nineties authors derided fans I wonder if in private we are still thus perceived Novels give us access to other lives a few of which might be our own Literary ambition belongs to readers as well as writers An original memoir that is both absorbing and highly entertaining Recommended to all with an interest in the world of creative writers their yearnings perturbations and conceits

  • Hardcover
  • 224
  • Self and I
  • Matthew De Abaitua
  • English
  • 14 November 2019
  • 9781785630644