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How Late It Was How Late by James Kelman

Title How Late It Was How Late
Author James Kelman
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2012-09-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781448104932
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE ‘A passionate, scintillating, brilliant song of a book’ Guardian Sammy's had a bad week. Most of it's just a blank space in his mind, and the bits that he can remember, he'd rather not. His wallet's gone, along with his new shoes, he's been arrested then beaten up by the police and thrown out on the street - and he's just gone blind. He remembers a row with his girlfriend, but she seems to have disappeared; and he might have been trying to fix a bit of business up with an old mate, he's not too sure. Things aren't looking too good for Sammy and his problems have hardly begun.

How Late It Was How Late by James Kelman

Title How Late It Was How Late
Author James Kelman
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2019-09-05
Category Glasgow (Scotland)
Total Pages 416
ISBN 1529112702
Language English, Spanish, and French
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WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 'A passionate, scintillating, brilliant song of a book' Guardian Sammy's had a bad week. Most of it's just a blank space in his mind, and the bits that he can remember, he'd rather not. His wallet's gone, along with his new shoes, he's been arrested then beaten up by the police and thrown out on the street - and he's just gone blind. He remembers a row with his girlfriend, but she seems to have disappeared; and he might have been trying to fix a bit of business up with an old mate, he's not too sure. Things aren't looking too good for Sammy and his problems have hardly begun.

How Late It Was How Late by James Kelman

Title How Late it Was how Late
Author James Kelman
Publisher Random House
Release Date 1998
Category Fiction
Total Pages 373
ISBN 9780749398835
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sammy's had a bad week - his wallet's gone, along with his new shoes, he's been arrested then beaten up by the police and thrown out on the street - and he's just gone blind. He remembers a row with his girlfriend, but she seems to have disappeared. Things aren't looking too good for Sammy and his problems have hardly begun

Dirt Road by James Kelman

Title Dirt Road
Author James Kelman
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2016-07-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781782118244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and stumbles towards the future, terrified of losing control of what remains of his family life Both are in search of something as they set out on an expedition into the American South. As they travel they encounter a new world and we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age. Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer.

Kieron Smith Boy by James Kelman

Title Kieron Smith Boy
Author James Kelman
Publisher HMH
Release Date 2008-11-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780547541174
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An award-winning novel of urban boyhood: “No other . . . comes as close as this to Catcher in the Rye.” —The Literary Review A Man Booker Prize–winning author brings us inside the head of a young boy in a novel that offers a “splendid evocation of childhood in mid-20th-century Glasgow” (The Washington Post). Here is the story of a boyhood in a large industrial city during a time of great social change. Kieron grows from age five to early adolescence amid the general trauma of everyday life—the death of a beloved grandparent, the move to a new home. A whole world is brilliantly realized: sectarian football matches; ferryboats on the river; the unfairness of being a younger brother; climbing drainpipes, trees, and roofs; dogs, cats, sex, and ghosts—all rendered in the unmistakable perspective of youth, offering “a vivid reminder that childhood is a foreign country” (Kirkus Reviews). “A book full of the wonder of growing up . . . A magnificent and important novel.” —Financial Times “Recalls the modernist experiments of Joyce and Woolf . . . Kelman is a writer of singular will and sincerity.” —The New York Times Book Review “As an urban coming-of-age, the novel also reminded me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. . . . This funny, sad and deeply entrancing novel works as dreams do: by seduction, by raising strange spirits, and by delivering a world entire. It represents a triumph for Kelman, as hard and uproarious as a Glasgow Saturday night.” —The Washington Post “Kelman’s raw, blunt narration drives home all of Kieron’s loneliness, sadness and feelings of inadequacy. If you can roll with the Scots dialect, the narrative is rewarding, bleak and marvelous.” —Publishers Weekly

A Disaffection by James Kelman

Title A Disaffection
Author James Kelman
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2012-03-31
Category Fiction
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781448104857
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Patrick Doyle is a twenty-nine-year-old teacher in an ordinary comprehensive school. Isolated, frustrated and increasingly bitter at the system he is employed to maintain, he begins his rebellion, fuelled by drink and his passionate, unrequited love for a fellow teacher.

Title You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free
Author James Kelman
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2005-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 410
ISBN 0156031728
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In a funny, finely crafted novel, a restless Scottish man who has found nothing but heartache in the U.S. finds himself troubled over a pending trip home to Scotland--his first in seven years--that may or may not make matters worse for him. Reprint.

Mental Fight by Ben Okri

Title Mental Fight
Author Ben Okri
Publisher Apollo
Release Date 2021-01-07
Category
Total Pages 68
ISBN 1800244231
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

An epic poem touching on issues of racism, intolerance and environmental destructions from Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri. This epic poem is intended as a celebration of humanity's achievements at the end of this millennium, and a rallying cry for the next. Strongly political, the poem touches on issues of racism, intolerance, and environmental destruction, amongst others.

Mo Said She Was Quirky by James Kelman

Title Mo Said She Was Quirky
Author James Kelman
Publisher Other Press, LLC
Release Date 2013-04-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781590516010
Language English, Spanish, and French
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James Kelman, the Man Booker Prize–winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, tells the story of Helen—a sister, a mother, a daughter—a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky but she is much more than that. Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth, home: these are the ordinary parts of the everyday that become extraordinary when you think of them as Helen does, each waking hour. Mo Said She Was Quirky begins on Helen’s way home from work, with the strangest of moments when a skinny, down-at-heel man crosses the road in front of her and appears to be her lost brother. What follows is an inspired and absorbing story of twenty-four hours in the life of a young woman.

That Was A Shiver by James Kelman

Title That was a Shiver
Author James Kelman
Publisher Canongate Books
Release Date 2017
Category Families
Total Pages 307
ISBN 1786890909
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Intimate new stories from the Booker Prize-winning James Kelman, bringing 'alive a human consciousness like no other writer can'. A trucker passes through a town he used to know and a local tries to sell him his sister; a couple put their children to bed and hear a loud scratching at the wall; a Principal and his associate examine the dead body before them; a man looks into a mirror and reflects on becoming more like his father. Sparky, touching and brilliantly daring, these stories reveal profound human feeling in the ordinary and the everyday, and are a reminder of Kelman's exceptional talent.

The Busconductor Hines by James Kelman

Title The Busconductor Hines
Author James Kelman
Publisher Birlinn
Release Date 2012-07-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780857901439
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Masterly ... the only work of realistic literary art to show what is happening to most of the British people here and now.' - Alasdair Gray 'With Kelman, and with other writers such as Alasdair Gray, the great city of Glasgow and urban Scotland in general are finding the literary voices they deserve.' - British Book News 'A remarkable book ... intelligent, exploratory and sometimes very touching.' - Times Literary Supplement 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, however, in his wife and child, and his eccentric, anarchic imagination. Kelman provides a brilliantly executed, uncompromising slice of Glasgow life - an intelligent, funny and humane novel. First published by Polygon in 1984.

Late In The Day by Tessa Hadley

Title Late in the Day
Author Tessa Hadley
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2019-02-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781473560550
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in this Sunday Times bestselling novel Alex and Christine and Zach and Lydia have been inseparable since their twenties. From student house-shares and grubby pubs to proper homes and grown-up careers, the two couples’ lives have been interlinked for decades. Then one evening, Alex and Christine receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of their loss bringing them closer, the three of them find that love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness as old entanglements and resentments rise from the past. 'A fine-grained novel of friendship, loss and jealousy' Sunday Times, *100 Great 21-Century Novels*

If It Is Your Life by James Kelman

Title If it is Your Life
Author James Kelman
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2010-04-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780141962788
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Giving voice to the dispossessed and crafting stories of lives on the edge, lives almost lost, lives held in the balance, James Kelman writes about the things that touch us all. With honesty, toughness and humour, he confronts the issues of language, class, politics, gender and age - identity in all its forms - with a sympathetic pen and a sharp and observant eye. No other British writer today penetrates so deeply into the hearts, minds and desperation of his characters, and this collection is as uncompromising, and as beautiful, as anything he has ever written.

The Gathering by Anne Enright

Title The Gathering
Author Anne Enright
Publisher Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Release Date 2007-12-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 276
ISBN 9781555848071
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A crowd of siblings gathers in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother in this “stunning” novel by the award-winning author of Actress (The Washington Post). The surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering for the wake of their wayward, alcoholic brother, Liam, drowned in the sea after filling his pockets with stones. He is the third of the twelve Hegarty siblings to die. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him—something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968. As prize-winning author Anne Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations, her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is an “wonderfully elegant and unsparing” epic of an Irish family (Los Angeles Times)—a novel about love and disappointment, how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars. “Entrancing...a haunting look at a broken family stifled by generations of hurt and disappointment, struggling to make peace with the irreparable.”—Entertainment Weekly “A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly.”—Publishers Weekly “Her sympathy for her characters is as tender and subtle as Alice McDermott’s; her vision of Ireland is as brave and original as Edna O’Brien’s. The Gathering is her best book.”—Colm Toibin “Hypnotic.”—Booklist (starred review)

Translated Accounts by James Kelman

Title Translated Accounts
Author James Kelman
Publisher Birlinn
Release Date 2012-07-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 306
ISBN 9780857901491
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 even the Cultural Revolution in China. The fragmented, dream like episodes and the broken elegance of the language make "Translated Accounts" a powerful and disconcerting read.

Title Mountains of the Moon
Author I. J. Kay
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2012-07-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781101583722
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A highly original novel about a young woman’s journey from shattered youth to self-discovery After ten years in a London prison, Louise Adler (Lulu) is released with only a new alias to rebuild her life. Working a series of dead-end jobs, she carries a past full of secrets: a childhood marked by the violence and madness of her parents, followed by a reckless adolescence. From abandoned psychiatric hospitals to Edwardian-themed casinos, from a brief first love to the company of criminals, Lulu has spent her youth in an ever-shifting landscape of deceit and survival. But when she’s awarded an unexpected settlement claim after prison, she travels to the landscape of her childhood imagination, the central African range known as the Mountains of the Moon. There, in the region’s stark beauty, she attempts to piece together the fragments of her battered psyche. Told in multilayered, hallucinatory flashbacks, Mountains of the Moon traces a traumatic youth and explores the journey of a young woman trying to transform a broken life into something beautiful. This dazzling novel from a distinctive new voice is sure to garner the attention of critics and readers alike.

A Chancer by James Kelman

Title A Chancer
Author James Kelman
Publisher Birlinn
Release Date 2012-08-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780857901446
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Tammas is 20, a loner and a compulsive gambler. Unable to hold a job for long, his life revolves around Glasgow bars, home with his sister and brother-in-law, the dog track, betting shops, casinos and occasionally a day at the races.

The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Title The Remains of the Day
Author Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2014-03-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780345809339
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece became an international bestseller on publication, was adapted into an award-winning film, and has since come to be regarded as a modern classic. The Remains of the Day is a spellbinding portrayal of a vanished way of life and a haunting meditation on the high cost of duty. It is also one of the most subtle, sad and humorous love stories ever written. It is the summer of 1956, when Stevens, a man who has dedicated himself to his career as a perfect butler in the one-time great house of Darlington Hall, sets off on a holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and, unexpectedly, into his own past, especially his friendship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton. As memories surface of his lifetime "in service" to Lord Darlington, and of his life between the wars, when the fate of the continent seemed to lie in the hands of a few men, he finds himself confronting the dark undercurrent beneath the carefully run world of his employer.

Swing Hammer Swing by Jeff Torrington

Title Swing Hammer Swing
Author Jeff Torrington
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2012-11-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781448161652
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the infamous Glasgow slum, the Gorbals, Tam Clay chronicles a week in his life, in the last days before the demolishers move in. Intersecting friends, old-timers and eccentrics, navigating his pregnant wife, frisky bedfellows and debt collectors, Tam stumbles through a derelict world on an odyssey of self-discovery. Wildly funny, outlandish and insanely ambitious – thirty years in the writing – Torrington’s pulverised ’60s Glasgow is crammed to the crevices with a blizzard of his unique and insatiable genius.

Staying On by Paul Scott

Title Staying On
Author Paul Scott
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2013-02-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780226068176
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this sequel to The Raj Quartet, Colonel Tusker and Lucy Smalley stay on in the hills of Pankot after Indian independence deprives them of their colonial status. Finally fed up with accommodating her husband, Lucy claims a degree of independence herself. Eloquent and hilarious, she and Tusker act out class tensions among the British of the Raj and give voice to the loneliness, rage, and stubborn affection in their marriage. Staying On won the Booker Prize in 1977 and was made into a motion picture starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson in 1979. "Staying On far transcends the events of its central action. . . . [The work] should help win for Scott . . . the reputation he deserves—as one of the best novelists to emerge from Britain's silver age."—Robert Towers, Newsweek "Scott's vision is both precise and painterly. Like an engraver cross-hatching in the illusion of fullness, he selects nuances that will make his characters take on depth and poignancy."—Jean G. Zorn, New York Times Book Review "A graceful comic coda to the earlier song of India. . . . No one writing knows or can evoke an Anglo-Indian setting better than Scott."—Paul Gray, Time "Staying On provides a sort of postscript to [Scott's] deservedly acclaimed The Raj Quartet. . . . He has, as it were, summoned up the Raj's ghost in Staying On. . . . It is the story of the living death, in retirement, and the final end of a walk-on character from the quartet. . . . Scott has completed the task of covering in the form of a fictional narrative the events leading up to India's partition and the achievement of independence in 1947. It is, on any showing, a creditable achievement."—Malcolm Muggeridge, New York Times Book Review