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Kieron Smith Boy by James Kelman

Title Kieron Smith boy
Author James Kelman
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2009-04-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780141919393
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Rejected by his brother and largely ignored by his parents, Kieron Smith finds comfort - and endless stories - in the home of his much-loved grandparents. But when his family move to a new housing scheme on the outskirts of the city, a world away from the close community of the tenements, Kieron struggles to find a way to adapt to his new life. Warm, funny, with searing insight and astonishing empathy, in Kieron Smith, James Kelman has created an unforgettable boy.

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.

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.

Dirt Road by James Kelman

Title Dirt Road
Author James Kelman
Publisher Catapult
Release Date 2017-07-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781936787517
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Booker Prize winner James Kelman's new novel, Dirt Road, tells the story of a teenage boy who travels with his father from Scotland to Alabama to visit with relatives after the death of his mother. In the American South, he becomes swept up into the world of zydeco and blues. ""A powerful meditation on loss, life, death, and the bond between father and son. . . . Kelman has created a fully–realized, relatable voice that reveals a young man’s urgent need for connection in a time of grief." —Publishers Weekly (starred review) After his mother’s recent death, sixteen–year–old Murdo and his father travel from their home in rural Scotland to Alabama to be with his émigré uncle and American aunt. Stopping at a small town on their way from the airport, Murdo happens upon a family playing zydeco music and joins them, leaving with a gift of two CDs of Southern American songs. On this first visit to the States, Murdo notices racial tension, religious fundamentalism, the threat of severe weather, guns, and aggressive behavior, all unfamiliar to him. Yet his connection to the place strengthens by way of its musical culture. Murdo may be young but he is already a musician. While at their relatives’ home, the grieving father and son experience kindness and kinship but share few words of comfort with each other, Murdo losing himself in music and his reticent and protective dad in books. The aunt, “the very very best,” Murdo calls her, provides whatever solace he receives, until his father comes around in a scene of great emotional release. As James Wood has written of this brilliant writer’s previous work in The New Yorker, “The pleasure, as always in Kelman, is being allowed to inhabit mental meandering and half–finished thoughts, digressions and wayward jokes, so that we are present” with his characters. Dirt Road is a powerful story about the strength of family ties, the consolation of music, and one unforgettable journey from darkness to light.

New Model Island by Alex Niven

Title New Model Island
Author Alex Niven
Publisher Watkins Media Limited
Release Date 2019-12-10
Category Political Science
Total Pages 150
ISBN 9781912248636
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A study of place, identity, music, politics and regionalism which calls for a radical restructuring of the British Isles. In the early twenty-first century, "Englishness" suddenly became a hot topic. A rash of art exhibitions, pop albums and coffee table books arrived on the scene, all desperate to recover England’s lost national soul. But when we sweep away the patriotic stereotypes, we begin to see that England is a country that does not — and perhaps should not — exist in any essential sense. In this provocative text combining polemic and memoir, Alex Niven argues that the map of the British Isles should be torn apart completely as we look towards a time of radical political reform. Rejecting outdated nationalisms, Niven argues for a renovated model of culture and governance for the islands — a fluid, dynamic version of regionalism preparing the way for a new "dream archipelago".

The Good Times by James Kelman

Title The Good Times
Author James Kelman
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 1998
Category Fiction
Total Pages 246
ISBN UVA:X004320638
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Twenty tender and darkly humorous first-person narratives give voice to men and boys who come face-to-face with uncomfortable truths, whether musing on mortality, encountering betrayals both devastating and trivial, or struggling to understand women or work. Original.

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.

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.

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.

A Chancer by James Kelman

Title A Chancer
Author James Kelman
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1985
Category Fiction
Total Pages 308
ISBN STANFORD:36105000282926
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Tammas is twenty, 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. Sometimes Tammy wins, more often he loses, but betting gives him as good a chance as any of discovering what he really seeks from life since society offers him no prospect of a better or more fulfilling altenative.

Netherland by Joseph O'Neill

Title Netherland
Author Joseph O'Neill
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2008-05-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780307377593
Language English, Spanish, and French
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New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, and left alone after his English wife and son return to London, Hans van den Broek stumbles upon the vibrant New York subculture of cricket, where he revisits his lost childhood and, thanks to a friendship with a charismatic and charming Trinidadian named Chuck Ramkissoon, begins to reconnect with his life and his adopted country. As the two men share their vastly different experiences of contemporary immigrant life in America, an unforgettable portrait emerges of an "other" New York populated by immigrants and strivers of every race and nationality.

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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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.

Translated Accounts by James Kelman

Title Translated Accounts
Author James Kelman
Publisher Vintage Books USA
Release Date 2002
Category Military government
Total Pages 322
ISBN 0099422190
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This novel is set in an unnamed country that appears to be under military rule. The language used is an atypical English form, but akin to the basic translation that might appear within a department of an overseas foreign office.

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

Title Pigeon English
Author Stephen Kelman
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2012-01-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781408815687
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Deeply funny, moving, idiosyncratic and unforgettable - introduces a major new literary talent. Pigeon English was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

The Practice Of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict

Title The Practice of Deceit
Author Elizabeth Benedict
Publisher HMH
Release Date 2005-06-10
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0547561490
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This smart psychological thriller about a therapist who marries the wrong woman is “a lot of wicked fun” (Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered). When Eric Lavender meets the attorney Colleen O’Brien Golden, his position as one of Manhattan’s chic psychotherapists and most eligible bachelors suddenly loses its appeal. The sexy, stylish Colleen lures him to live with her and her young daughter in the exclusive suburb of Scarsdale. To his amazement, Eric is besotted and soon settles into the unexpected bliss of marriage and domesticity with their new baby and his loving stepdaughter. He even becomes a local hero when the police turn to him for help in resolving a hostage crisis. But Eric’s transformation comes to an abrupt halt when the police knock on his door again—this time with handcuffs. He and Colleen are caught up in an explosive conflict of interest involving their clients. When Eric discovers that Colleen has gone to extreme lengths to conceal her secret past, she retaliates with horrendous charges against him. Eric must uncover the truth before his children, his career, and his freedom are taken from him forever. As she did in her bestseller Almost, Elizabeth Benedict navigates the turbulent waters of love, law, psychology, and ethics with biting wit and penetrating insight. The Practice of Deceit is a razor-sharp novel of marriage—and divorce—gone awry.

At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill

Title At Swim Two Boys
Author Jamie O'Neill
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2002
Category Fiction
Total Pages 572
ISBN 9780743222945
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a story set against the backdrop of Dublin in 1915, two boys who meet at the local swimming hole plan to swim to an island in Dublin Bay the following Easter, but their plans coincide with the Easter uprising--a historic rebellion that changes their li

Title Busted Scotch Selected Stories
Author James Kelman
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 1998-06-17
Category Fiction
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780393347104
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This collection of 35 short stories—most of them being published in this country for the first time—has been selected and arranged by James Kelman himself from over two decades of his work. The stories of Busted Scotch are set in the working-class milieu of Scotland and England—the pubs, betting shops, tenements, bedrooms, snooker parlors, and decaying industrial workplaces. They range widely in length from a few paragraphs to twenty-plus pages, in style from the deceptively offhand to the highly farcical, and in subject matter from the casual everyday tragedies to the heartbreaking vicissitudes of romance and language.

Some Recent Attacks by James Kelman

Title Some Recent Attacks
Author James Kelman
Publisher A K PressDistribution
Release Date 1992
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 91
ISBN UOM:39015029963454
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In this collection of essays, polemics and talks, Kelman directs his linguistic craftsmanship and scathing humor at targets ranging from private profit and public loss to the endemic racism, class bias and general elitism at the English end of the Anglo-American literary tradition.

If It Is Your Life by James Kelman

Title If It Is Your Life
Author James Kelman
Publisher Other Press, LLC
Release Date 2014-07-15
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781590516232
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A collection of short stories by the Booker Prize-winning Scottish master Giving voice to the dispossessed and crafting stories of lives held in the balance, James Kelman reaches us all. Penetrating deeply into the hearts, minds, and desperation of characters who find themselves in everyday situations—in the hospital, at a bus stop, in a living room with the endless roar of the vacuum cleaner and a distant wife—Kelman follows their streams of consciousness and brings their worries to life. With honesty and dark humor, he confronts the issues of language, class, politics, gender, and age—identity in all its forms.

The Dragon In The Library by Louie Stowell

Title The Dragon in the Library
Author Louie Stowell
Publisher Candlewick Press
Release Date 2021-03-16
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781536219647
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a fast-paced and funny adventure, Kit must use the magic of books to save the library—and its resident dragon—from a power-hungry tycoon. Kit Spencer can’t stand reading. She’d rather be outside playing and getting muddy than stuck inside with a book. But when her best friends, Josh and Alita, drag her to the local library, Kit makes an incredible discovery: she’s a wizard—and books are the key to her abilities. Unfortunately, a greedy businessman wants to tear down the beloved library, destroying all its magic. To make matters worse, there’s a sleeping dragon hidden there, and if she’s awakened, her wild power will wreak havoc. With the help of a friendly dragon-dog hybrid named Dogon, Kit and her companions will have to find a way to save the dragon in the library—and maybe the world! A humorous romp full of library enchantment, with a diverse cast of characters and dynamic illustrations.