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Essays, Literary Criticism & Essays
Publication Date
10 July 2008
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And the Judges Said...



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'Kelman uses the broken edges of lives and language in a way that is expressive, powerful and new’ – Time Out

In this remarkable collection of essays, James Kelman deals with a wide range of issues literary, artistic, political and philosophical – Russian writers who influenced him, the lives of the Impressionists, Chomsky’s key role in 20th-century thinking, the Caribbean Artists’ Movement, and the struggling Scottish steel industry.

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.