Dirt Road (Hardback)
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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 14/07/2016
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Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and stumbles towards the future, terrified of losing control of what remains of his family life Both are in search of something as they set out on an expedition into the American South. As they travel they encounter a new world and we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age. Dirt Road is a major novel exploring the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782118220
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 645 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Dirt Road is brilliant . . . a deeply moving and exciting novel -- RODDY DOYLE
Kelman in the American South, with a zydeco lilt, proves irresistible - a thrilling return from one of our most essential novelists -- KEVIN BARRY
In writing as pure as this, language becomes the very bones and meat of the characters. I am not transported by these sentences into Murdo's world; I am Murdo -- ROSS RAISIN
Strange and beautiful . . . Kelman gives us visceral vernacular, Joycean stream of consciousness, wry humor, old resentments and painful memories, all in counterpoint to the music on and off stage . . . A celebration of what it is to be human * * Spectator * *
Beautiful. Dirt Road is about coming of age, grief and the folk music of the American deep south * * Daily Telegraph * *
Draws you like a magnet * * Herald Scotland * *
In Dirt Road James Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can -- ALAN WARNER
Another masterpiece from one of our best writers -- KIRSTY GUNN * * Guardian * *
A true original . . . A real artist -- IRVINE WELSH * * Guardian * *
A delight . . . The best thing [Kelman] has written -- ALLAN MASSIE * * Scotsman * *
Probably the most influential novelist of the post-war period * * The Times * *
The greatest British novelist of our time * * Sunday Herald * *
A writer of world stature, a 21st century Modern * * Scotsman * *
The greatest living British novelist * * Amit Chaudhuri * *
To call him a great Scottish writer would be accurate; to call him simply a great writer would be more concise * * Herald * *
One of the most influential writers of his generation * * Guardian * *
A beautifully-coloured account of loss and love . . . Like a camera on Murdo's shoulder, we see the world as the boy sees it, sensing the miracle of his emergence as a confident young man * * The Times * *
Beautiful and musical -- Nick Major * * The National * *
Poignant and beautiful * * Independent * *
Quietly, subtly Kelman peels back the veil of daily life to reveal the urgent struggle of a sixteen-year-old coming to terms with death. This is a brilliant book, and like all great works of art, it is universal-whether you're reading it in Scotland, Hampstead, or Alabama * * Times Literary Supplement * *
Dirt Road is a life-affirming novel, in which Kelman paints a convincing and at times moving portrait of two likable characters on the road to fulfillment and recovery * * Observer * *

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“Beautiful and Moving”

After the devastating deaths of his mother and sister, 17 year old Murdo MacArthur and his Dad make a trip to America to stay with relatives. Fragile from grief and trying to make sense of what has happened in each of... More

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“A Scottish musical adolescent adrift in the USA”



This novel centres around Murdo, a 16-year-old Scottish lad from the islands, who travels to the US with his father to stay with an uncle in Kentucky after his mother has died from cancer. This follows the death of... More

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“An Enjoyable Road Trip”

I received this book as a free giveaway through goodreads.com in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say I found the writing style quite difficult at times. The book is written largely as if you are inside the... More

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