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James Kelman

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09/06/1946 -

James Kelman biography and information

  • During the 1970s he published a first collection of short stories, and became involved in Phillip Hobsbaum's creative writing group in Glasgow along with Alasdair Gray.

  • Kelman's stories introduced a distinctive style, expressing first person internal monologues in a pared-down prose using Glaswegian speech patterns. Kelman uses his Scottish heritage as inspiration for many of his novels.

  • Kelman has many novels to his name, including How Late It Was, How Late (2010), A Disaffection (1989) and his most recent novel, Mo Said She Was Quirky (2012.)

Book and Writing Awards

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for A Disaffection, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 1989. Kelman won the 1994 Booker Prize for How Late It Was, How Late and in 1994 he was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award. His 2008 novel Kieron Smith, Boy won the Saltire Society's Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year.

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Books by James Kelman

How Late It Was How Late
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Dirt Road
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A Disaffection
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A Lean Third
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Mo Said She Was Quirky
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Kieron Smith, boy
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Busconductor Hines
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A Chancer
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Hardie and Baird/Plays
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A Lean Third
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If it is Your Life
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How Late It Was How Late
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Seven Stories
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A Chancer
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The Burn
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The Good Times
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Not Not While the Giro
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Scotland's Stories of Home

Posted on 25th Nov, 2014 by Rob Chilver & Waterstones

For Book Week Scotland, read Alan Warner's Story of Home.