. . . p s y c h o g e o g r a p h y
In 2012, Self was appointed Professor of Contemporary Thought at Brunel University. In July 2012, Self received his first Man Booker Prize longlist nomination for Umbrella, which The Daily Telegraph described as "possibly Self's most ambitious novel to date". The book was later placed on the prize shortlist and Self was pleased with that.
"The British author Will Self walked from his home in central London to Heathrow Airport and then upon touching down in New York, walked from JFK airport to his hotel in Manhattan. Why would he do this? It was an attempt to curb a sense of spatial dislocation."