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The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
"A brother is as easily forgotten as an umbrella."James Joyce, Ulysses

Radical and uncompromising, Umbrella is a tour de force from one of England's most acclaimed contemporary writers, and Self's most ambitious novel to date. Moving between Edwardian London and a suburban mental hospital in 1971, Umbrella exposes the twentieth century's technological searchlight as refracted through the dark glass of a long term mental institution. While making his first tours of the hospital at which he has just begun working, maverick psychiatrist Zachary Busner notices that many of the patients exhibit a strange physical tic: rapid, precise movements that they repeat over and over. One of these patients is Audrey Dearth, an elderly woman born in the slums of West London in 1890. Audrey's memories of a bygone Edwardian London, her lovers, involvement with early feminist and socialist movements, and, in particular, her time working in an umbrella shop, alternate with Busner's attempts to treat her condition and bring light to her clouded world. Busner's investigations into Audrey's illness lead to discoveries about her family that are shocking and tragic.

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Hardback Editions

January 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 0-8021-2072-5 / 978-0-8021-2072-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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August 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1-4088-2014-5 / 978-1-4088-2014-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1-4088-3209-7 / 978-1-4088-3209-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 0-8021-2202-7 / 978-0-8021-2202-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1-4088-4121-5 / 978-1-4088-4121-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1-4088-3167-8 / 978-1-4088-3167-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

May 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Umbrella: A Novel
Author(s): Will Self
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2012 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
ISBN: 1-4712-1885-6 / 978-1-4712-1885-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
Publisher: Grove Press
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August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Umbrella
Author(s): Will Self
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK