My Idea of Fun

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My Idea of Fun
First edition
Author Will Self
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
16 Sep 1993
Media type Print Paperback
Pages 309 pp
ISBN 0-7475-1591-3
OCLC 62891878

My Idea of Fun is the second novel by Will Self, and was published in 1993.

Plot summary[edit]

A lonely boy grows up just outside Brighton in a caravan park with his over-sexual mother and the tenant Mr Broadhurst who takes the boy on a disturbing and often violent journey.

The novel works as a strange Bildungsroman, in which the main character - Ian Wharton learns the art of black magic from his benefactor Mr. Broadhurst who is also known as The Fat Controller. At The Fat Controller's behest Ian engages in a series of strange acts including time travel and trips to an alternate reality - the Land of Children's jokes: a grotesque alternate universe inhabited by the menacing and deformed characters from jokes. The protagonist's education culminates in bizarre rites of bestiality and necrophilia. However he finds that in exchange for knowledge of the black arts Mr. Broadhurst begins to take over more and more aspects of the protagonist's life.

The novel could also be seen as an example of an unreliable narrator as it is unclear whether the strange events in the novel are meant to be real or hallucinatory.


"No one else I can think of writes about contemporary Britain with such elan, energy and witty intelligence. Rejoice."[1]


  1. ^ Lezard, Nicholas (1993-05-31). "Guardian Book Review". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 

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