Self & I: A Memoir of Literary Ambition by Matthew De Abaitua
Self & I: A Memoir of Literary Ambition is a new memoir by UEA alumnus Matthew De Abaitua and has recently been published by Eye Books. Matthew was born in Liverpool in 1971 and graduated from the MA in Creative Writing in 1994, after which he lived and worked as Will Self’s amanuensis in a remote cottage in Suffolk. Self & I is his account of that time. Matthew’s first novel, The Red Men, was published in 2007 by Snow Books and was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His book about camping with his family, The Art of Camping, was published by Penguin in 2012. His science fiction novels, If Then and The Destructives, were published by Angry Robot in 2015 and 2016. Matthew has worked as Deputy Editor of The Idler and as Literary Editor of Esquire, has written and presented a nine-part documentary series for Channel 4 about British science fiction called SF:UK.