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Classic Fiction
Publication Date
08 July 2009
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The Good Times

by James Kelman - Find out more about the author


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The Good Times was James Kelman's first work after winning the Booker Prize for his novel How late it was, how late. The twenty first-person narratives portray ordinary people men and boys facing uncomfortable truths, encountering betrayal or struggling to understand women and work. Tender and lyrical, The Good Times is a dazzling collection from one of the world's masters of the short-story form.

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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