Swing Hammer Swing! (Paperback)
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Swing Hammer Swing! (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 06/08/2015
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From the infamous Glasgow slum, the Gorbals, Tam Clay chronicles a week in his life, in the last days before the demolishers move in. Intersecting friends, old-timers and eccentrics, navigating his pregnant wife, frisky bedfellows and debt collectors, Tam stumbles through a derelict world on an odyssey of self-discovery. Wildly funny, outlandish and insanely ambitious - thirty years in the writing - Torrington's pulverised '60s Glasgow is crammed to the crevices with a blizzard of his unique and insatiable genius.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784870126
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A gamey, pungent, vulgar sprawl of a novel, somewhere in the hinterland where Damon Runyon meets James Joyce" * Observer *
"Swing Hammer Swing! is a great novel" * James Kelman *
"A crazily good read... this [is a] fantastic first novel" * Scotland on Sunday *
"It is such a good novel, with such energy of language and gift for striking off memorable scenes, that its appearance at any time would be welcomed . . . It prompts reflection on how much it would have benefited Scottish writers if 20 years ago a novel had been published with Jeff Torrington's absolute lack of compromise or temporising explanation in the use of Glasgow material and dialect" * The Scotsman *
"This might be the Gorbals, and the banter might be exchanged on the steps of tramp-haunted urinals, but the reference points are Nietzsche, Pascal, Chekhov and Sartre'" * Independent *

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