James Kelman

Author

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. After leaving school at 15 he worked in the printing industry and as a bus driver. In 1971 he attended creative writing night classes and in 1973 an American company published his first collection of short stories, An Old Pub Near The Angel. Greyhound for Breakfast won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize; A Disaffection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; How late it was, how late won the 1994 Booker Prize amidst a storm of controversy. He has also written many plays for stage and radio. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and family.

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. After leaving school at 15 he worked in the printing industry and as a bus driver. In 1971 he attended creative writing night classes and in 1973 an American company published his first collection of short stories, An Old Pub Near The Angel. Greyhound for Breakfast won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize; A Disaffection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; How late it was, how late won the 1994 Booker Prize amidst a storm of controversy. He has also written many plays for stage and radio. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and family.

Books

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    “Not Not While The Giro” is James Kelman’s first major collection of short stories – originally published by Polygon in 1983. The reader follows the lives of young men, social misfits, whose lives are spent waiting –...

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    This is a brilliant collection of stories set in the tenements and cheap casinos of Glasgow, Manchester and London.

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    In this remarkable collection of essays, James Kelman deals with a wide range of issues literary, artistic, political and philosophical – Russian writers who influenced him, the lives of the Impressionists, Chomsky’s key role in...

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    Set in an unnamed place that appears to be under military rule, this novel comprises of various ‘transcribed and/or translated’ first-hand narratives of non-English speakers, reminiscent of accounts of incidents in Rwanda, Yugoslavia and...

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    This is James Kelman’s first collection of short stories – as fresh and sharp as when they first appeared from US publisher “Puckerbrush Press”. Set among the tenements and bedsits of Glasgow, they shine a light on the...

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    “The Good Times” was James Kelman’s first work after winning the Booker Prize for his novel. How late it was, how late. The twenty first-person narratives portray ordinary people – men and boys facing uncomfortable truths,...

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    Passionate, exhilarating and darkly humorous, “The Burn” is an extraordinary collection of short stories by a master of paranoia and an unsurpassed prose stylist.

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    Living in a bedsit, just coping with the boredom of being a busconductor, and fully aware that his plans to emigrate to Australia won’t come to anything, Robert Hines is a young Glaswegian leading a pretty drab life. There are compensations,...