The Glasgow Coma Scale (Hardback)Neil Stewart (author)
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Lynne is a young woman who once dreamed of being an artist, but whose promotion to supervisor at a call-centre in Glasgow is sucking the soul out of her.
When Lynne hands a fiver to a homeless man on the street in town one day, she is shocked to recognise Angus - her former art teacher on whom she once had a crush. What on earth could have reduced him to life on the street? In a gesture of uncharacteristic rashness, she invites him home.
So begins The Glasgow Coma Scale. Set against the gentrification of Scotland's second city, this is a taut, ticklish, tender and truly unexpected story of art, of the city, of feelings, and about the redemptive power of an unconventional kind of love.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 155 x 218 x 24 mm
Unfailingly stylish, intelligent, witty and affecting. Neil Stewart's talent is prodigious and extravagant. -- Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others
An excellent debut. -- Lee Rourke, author of The Canal and Vulgar Things
An assured, original, witty first novel, with a rapidly changing Glasgow as one of the main characters. -- Kate Saunders * The Times *
Brutally told, rich in Glaswegian argot... Stewart has fun hoodwinking those readers who might expect this to be a different type of story; instead, a cacophony of voices entwine like individual threads of a wider tapestry, to create a beautiful portrait of longing and loss. * New Humanist *
An intriguing debut, capturing the psyches of two very different people as they look sidelong at the reasons their lives haven't gone quite as well as they'd hoped. -- Galen O'Hanlon * The Skinny *
Jumps right off the page to challenge, provoke and, in the broadest sense of the term, entertain at every turn. -- Gregor White * Stirling Observer *
Startlingly brilliant. * The List *