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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.
About The Author
James Kelman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His story collections include Greyhound for Breakfast, The Good Times and most recently If it is your life; his novel How Late It Was, How Late won the 1994 Booker Prize; other novels include Translated Accounts, You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free and Kieron Smith, boy. In 2009 James Kelman was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.