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Will Self: Life is a 'terrifying jumble'

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The winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is to be announced.

In the run-up to the award, the Today programme has been profiling the six authors who have been selected for the shortlist.

The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones went to meet Will Self to talk about his book Umbrella.

Self explained that the book reads as a stream of consciousness and can be "fairly hard to get into".

"My life feels very unbroken… it doesn't feel as though it has chapters.

"Most of what goes on in my mind is not regular calm sentences [but a] terrifying jumble of pop cultural references."


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