Great Apes

Author(s): Will Self


When artist Simon Dykes wakes after a late night of routine debauchery, he discovers that his world has changed beyond recognition. His girlfriend, Sarah, has turned into a chimpanzee. And, to Simon's appalled surprise, so has the rest of humanity. Simon, under the bizarre delusion that he is 'human', is confined to an emergency psychiatric ward. There he becomes of considerable interest to eminent psychologist and chimp, Dr Zack Busner. For with this fascinating case, Busner thinks may finally make his reputation as a truly great ape.


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Published as part of a fantastic new reissue programme including My Idea of Fun, Grey Area, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, Junk Mail and Cock and Bull First time in Bloomsbury Paperbacks

'Exultantly hallucinogenic ... achieves the rare feat of temporarily altering the reader's perspective' - Guardian 'Prodigiously original and very funny' - Observer 'Excellent ... as in the best satires, this journey through the alien world of chimps is at heart a deeply serious (and even moving) call for us to reconsider the shortcomings of the human world' Alain de Botton, The Times 'His most daring and ambitious work ... genuinely provocative and entertaining' - Brian McCabe, Scotsman

Will Self is the author of four collections of short stories (the first of which, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, won the 1992 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award), five novels (of which How the Dead Live was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year in 2002), and four non-fiction works. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and as a journalist a contributor to a plethora of publications. He lives in London with his wife and four children.

General Fields

  • : 9781408827406
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : August 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 30mm
  • : December 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Will Self
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 512