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An Old Pub Near the Angel

Classic Fiction, Fiction
Publication Date
01 August 2007
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited

An Old Pub Near the Angel

by James Kelman - Find out more about the author


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‘A writer of vast and original talent’ – Sunday Times

‘One of the most enjoyable writers around’ – The Guardian ‘Kelman is both angrier and funnier than Beckett’ – New Statesman

‘Kelman is simply incomparable’ – The Independent

‘His best stories are great stories, as dark, tough-minded and funny as any I’ve read in years’ – Russell Banks

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 exploits of young and old. James Kelman had been writing since 1967 and by 1971 had enough stories for a book. In 1973, An Old Pub Near The Angel was published and the rest is history. The US edition has never been out of print.

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.

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