Will Self was born and grew up in London.
After pursuing a career as a cartoonist he found immediate success with his first publication, the collection "The Quantity Theory of Insanity" in 1991, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.
His other books include short story collections, novellas and the novels "My Idea of Fun", "Great Apes", "Dorian", "The Book of Dave" and "How the Dead Live" which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Best Novel Award 2000.
His latest work of comic fiction 'The Butt', this year won him the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.
In addition to fiction, Will Self has written for every national broadsheet and many magazines. His collections of journalism include "Junk Mail" and "Feeding Frenzy".
He currently has a column in the Evening Standard, was a team captain on BBC2's Shooting Stars, and regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 4.