Qty:1
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Save: $9.16 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Tuesday, April 22? Order within and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Prime1
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Some corner dings. The cover has visible markings and wear. Pages show normal wear. All shipping handled by Amazon. Prime eligible when you buy from us!
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley Hardcover


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$25.84
$18.98 $8.43 $85.00
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.24 $17.29

Frequently Bought Together

What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley + The Book of Shrigley + Red Book
Price for all three: $56.76

Buy the selected items together
  • The Book of Shrigley $17.67
  • Red Book $13.25

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780393082470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393082470
  • ASIN: 0393082474
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“At once skillfully crafted and playfully satirical....[Shrigley is] a master of quirk….What the Hell Are You Doing [is] filled with even more of his idiosyncratic genius.” (Black Book)

“With his text-heavy, inked figures and mordant sensibility, David Shrigley could be reductively described as the British Raymond Pettibon. But Shrigley’s use of outside-art non-technique can radiate a lovable coyness as much as it does caustic bite….His new visual-art compilation, What the Hell Are You Doing?...functions well as both introduction and encapsulation of Shrigley’s wonderfully askew faux-naive vision.” (Stephen Gossett - Flavorpill)

“The work of David Shrigley is sort of everything you could ever ask from scratchy line drawings, and a whole lot more….It’s weird and spastic, and uncomfortable, and savage, and profound, and somehow tender, behind all that.” (Flavorwire)

“It is useless, attempting to categorize David Shrigley as an artist. His work has a free and easy feel, a rough-draft quality reinforced by his imprecise lines and habit of marking textual errors in finished pieces….Shrigley’s work is by turns playful, caustic, and grotesque—even, at times, incisive—but each of these distinct tones comes across as genuine.” (John McIntyre - The Rumpus)

“With a casual gesture Shrigley points to that hideous shape whose name I've never known-and then he names it. . . . I'm laughing while frantically searching for a pen, so desperate to capture the feeling he has unearthed in me.” (Miranda July)

“This year's best gift book, for a crazy person you really, really like.... It's a funny, sick, morally stimulating mind-bender, the best bathroom book of the new decade.” (Dwight Garner - New York Times)

“Shrigley’s bold-lined drawings which at first may appear like crude Sharpie doodles, are intentionally heavy-handed and display the artist’s observations on what is a crude world. Often laugh-out-loud hilarious and occasionally mildly disturbing...” (Chicago Pipeline)

“Shrigley’s work is hard to peg down….It’s simple yet brilliant. But one thing that is always consistent—Shrigley’s stuff is always hilarious.” (Largehearted Boy)

“Starred review. Taken cumulatively, Shrigley’s comic illustrations and words have the effect of a miraculous mental booster drug.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

David Shrigley has worked as a sculptor, photographer, cartoonist, author, and illustrator, and has shown work in London's Tate Gallery and in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has directed animated music videos for such artists as Blur and Bonnie Prince Billy. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Will Self (b. 1961) is an English novelist and journalist. His Independent column of offbeat walking tours, “Psychogeography,” has been collected into an eponymously titled book.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

By A. Keyhole on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Shrigley just knows the killer word to put with his perfectly spastic drawings. The combination puts me in stitches. If honesty over everything is your speed, you will love this. If you prefer your comedy light I suggest, instead, you watch the Vicar of Dibly.
If Bill Hicks or Louis CK is too dark for you, or you are an high-art snob please steer clear.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bunzo on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
David Shrigley is always great, and his drawings repeatedly make me laugh out loud even when I'm alone. An affordable book like this is a really great idea.

I am beginning to think that the author of the introduction, Will Self, must be a joke persona made up by the publishing industry who writes self-indulgent (get it?) introductions. This one is a self-advertisement that starts with "I" and doesn't stop there. Sometimes the introduction to a book can be illuminating and can enhance my appreciation. A book like this deserves an introduction that matches Shrigley's style and humor. The one it got is garbage.

I'm not saying I'm hung up on the introduction. It really does suck, but the rest of the book is great as expected.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Chang on September 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Shrigley has a bleak view of life, as evidenced in What the Hell Are You Doing, yet there is a crazy humor in his work that rescues it from the depths...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Knee on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had read really good reviews, so got it as a gift for a friend who loves off-beat humor. He didn't relate to it and all and we ended up giving it to a used book store.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa1617fe4)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?