"Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012, Umbrella is Will Self's most extravagant and imaginative exercise in speculative fiction to date
‘A dazzling feat of imagination and structure: a sprawling, lyrical, stream-of-consciousness narrative that squares up to modernism and brings it kicking and screaming into the 21st century ... stomach-lurchingly ambitious.’ OBSERVER
‘Self has never been shortlisted for the Booker, but Umbrella is such a linguistically adept, emotionally subtle and ethically complex novel that this could and should be his year.’ THE GUARDIAN
‘Few writers would have the artistic effrontery to offer us a novel as daring, exuberant and richly dense as Umbrella. Will Self has carried the Modernist challenge into the twenty-first century, and worked a wonder.' JOHN BANVILLE"