That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories (Hardback)
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That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 03/08/2017
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A trucker passes through a town he used to know and a local tries to sell him his sister; a couple put their children to bed and hear a loud scratching at the wall; a Principal and his associate examine the dead body before them; a man looks into a mirror and reflects on becoming more like his father.

Sparky, touching and brilliantly daring, these stories uncover human feeling in the ordinary and the everyday, and are a reminder of Kelman's exceptional talent.

'Kelman uses his considerable ability for voice to journey inside minds' - The Observer

'Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can.' - Alan Warner

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786890900
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Kelman is on another level to most of the living writers in the UK * * Guardian * *
Kelman has always been a true and honest writer; which is why he is one of the fairly few who really matter -- ALLAN MASSIE * * Scotsman * *
Brilliant . . . this collection shows a writer who is still at the top of his game, brimming with creativity, vitality and artistic integrity * * Irish Independent * *
Like the best short story writers - James Joyce, Kafka, John Cheever, Alice Munro - he has reinvented the form * * The Herald * *
Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can -- ALAN WARNER
PRAISE FOR THE STORIES OF JAMES KELMAN: Tender and funny in a way that may surprise those who know him only by reputation * * Daily Telegraph * *
A rollicking, riveting read . . . Kelman's language of inner thought is so fluid and immediate it reads more like breath than words * * Daily Herald * *
The mixture of the precisely but surreally bureaucratic and the casually macabre is perfectly judged * * Sunday Times * *
You only have to read one phrase to recognise his utterly distinctive voice: lyrical, philosophical as a pub stool resident and steeped in the street . . . The result, for those who take words seriously, is canonical and pure joy * * Metro * *
Kelman's language is immediately exciting; like a musician, he uses repetition and rhythm * * New Yorker * *

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“Some Brilliant Short Stories by James Kelman”

This is a difficult book. By that, I do not mean that it is not worthwhile. That is precisely what it is: worthwhile. It is simply that James Kelman demands that you should stop and think about what he has... More

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