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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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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.

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 9780141014906
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Kelman portrays his world with bleakly beautiful honesty . . . a fine collection and an excellent window on Kelman's brooding world' The Times 'Perhaps you don't know the Man Booker International-shortlisted James Kelman but you should. You only have to read one phrase to recognise his utterly distinctive voice: lyrical, philosophical as a pub stool resident and steeped in the street. The result, for those who take words seriously, is canonical and pure joy' Metro 'The musings on men and women, and on the difficulty of connecting with other people, ring touchingly true. Kelman still has the power to compel' Sunday Telegraph 'As well as being a keen observer of society's underclasses and disenfranchised, Kelman also has a great eye for the absurdity of everyday life, something which comes to the fore in this collection' Independent on Sunday 'A collection by turns heart-breaking, profound and bitterly funny. It is a tour de force from a writer who treats language as carefully as if it were gold, and ends up turning it into something even more precious' Herald

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.

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

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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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.

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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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.

The Busconductor Hines by James Kelman

Title The Busconductor Hines
Author James Kelman
Publisher Birlinn Limited
Release Date 2007
Category Fiction
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1846970393
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Short Stories. Robert works on the buses and lives in a no-bedroomed Glasgow flat with his wife and child. His job is boring, the weather is lousy, and he's becoming increasingly aware that his plans to emigrate won't come to anything. Life, as he sees it, is à very perplexing kettle of coconuts'. James Kelman's first novel is an uncompromisi- ng, humane and extremely funny portrait of a man's life.

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.

Title Resistance in James Kelman s How Late It Was How Late
Author Rositsa Kronast
Publisher GRIN Verlag
Release Date 2010-03-16
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 20
ISBN 9783640566129
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, LMU Munich (Department für Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Hauptseminar Scottish Literature, History and Culture, language: English, abstract: Discussing How Late It Was, How Late, the present paper pays special attention to the modes of resistance as presented in Kelman’s text. In this respect, the purpose of my introduction is to explain the terms power and resistance and relate them to the novel. To begin with, for the purposes of this paper I refer to Foucault’s definition of power as “a set of actions upon other actions”. (1982, 789) So, I do not use power in the sense of violence, but in the sense of actions, which induce, ease, restrict or forbid the actions of others. (See Foucault 1982, 789-790) Therefore, power comes to designate a relation and not an attribute. It can be only exerted, but never possessed. Furthermore, power relations are rooted in all social networks. The relations between the main protagonist, Sammy, and the representatives of the social institutions such as policemen illustrate my claim. First of all, in the face of the unemployed, thirty-eight years old Sammy, an eager drinker and smoker with a criminal past, Kelman’s text concentrates on a certain group, which epitomizes deviations from the socially accepted norm. In this regard, there is a system of differentiation, determined by law and status, which privileges the institutional representatives over the main character and thus permits them to act upon Sammy’s actions. Therefore, the power relations between Sammy and the representatives of the institutions are brought into being by their control over Sammy’s actions. Moreover, since power relations lie at the core of society, one cannot escape from them. However, Foucault asserts that: “To say that there cannot be a society without power relations [...] is not to say that [...] power constitutes a fatality at the heart of societies [...] that cannot be undermined.” (1982, 791) So, one is not a mere victim of the socially established power relations. There are always possibilities for resistance. Moreover, resistance designates the re-employment of the means of power. The language of How Late It Was, How Late, perfectly demonstrates my assertion. The text uses phonetic spellings, profanities, repetitions, linguistic and punctuational inconsistency in order to reproduce the Glaswegian of the working-class. Thus, by appropriating Standard English, in terms of simultaneously taking on and altering it, the Glasgow vernacular becomes a mean of resistance. Similarly to language, the narrative techniques ...

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)

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

G A Novel by John Berger

Title G a Novel
Author John Berger
Publisher London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Release Date 1972
Category Man-woman relationships
Total Pages 318
ISBN UOM:39015005862027
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Last Orders by Graham Swift

Title Last Orders
Author Graham Swift
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2012-09-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780307829849
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Four men gather in a London pub. They have taken it upon themselves to carry out the last orders of Jack Dodds, master butcher, and deliver his ashes to the sea. As they drive towards the fulfillment of their mission, their errand becomes an extraordinary journey into their collective and individual pasts. Braiding these men's voices, and that of Jack's widow, into a choir of sorrow and resentment, passion and regret, Swift creates a testament to a changing England and to enduring mortality. "Swift has involved us in real, lived lives...Quietly, but with conviction, he seeks to affirm the values of decency, loyalty, love."--New York Review of Books "A beautiful book...a novel that speaks profoundly of human need and tenderness. Even the most cynical will be warmed by it."--San Francisco Chronicle

Greyhound For Breakfast by James Kelman

Title Greyhound for Breakfast
Author James Kelman
Publisher Picador
Release Date 1988
Category English fiction - Short stories
Total Pages 229
ISBN 033030027X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Stories.

Late To The Party by Kelly Quindlen

Title Late to the Party
Author Kelly Quindlen
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Release Date 2020-04-21
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781250209146
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere. Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined. She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world. So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids. But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.

The Bay Of Noon by Shirley Hazzard

Title The Bay of Noon
Author Shirley Hazzard
Publisher Picador
Release Date 2003-10-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781466800489
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Long out of print, Shirley Hazzard's classic novel of love and memory A young Englishwoman working in Naples, Jenny comes to Italy fleeing a history that threatened to undo her. Alone in the fabulously ruined city, she idly follows up a letter of introduction from an acquaintance and thus changes her life forever. Through the letter, she meets Giocanda, a beautiful and gifted writer, and Gianni, a famous Roman film director and Giocanda's lover. At work she encounters Justin, a Scotsman whose inscrutability Jenny finds mysteriously attractive. As she becomes increasingly involved in the lives of these three, she discovers that the past--and the patterns of a lifetime--are not easily discarded.