A local tries to sell his sister to a trucker as he passes through town; a couple put their children to bed and hear a loud scratching at the wall; 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 powerful evocation of Kelman’s exceptional talent.
The majority of the 18 stories in A Lean Third have been substantially revised by the author, making these new versions of great interest to academics and fans alike. Of particular note is a 3,000-word essay, written especially for this edition. The author gives revealing insights into the background of many of the stories and his lifestyle at the time of writing. A fascinating and essential new edition.
Giving voice to the dispossessed and crafting stories of lives on the edge, lives almost lost, lives held in the balance, James Kelman writes about the things that touch us all. With honesty, toughness and humour, he confronts the issues of language, class, politics, gender and age – identity in all its forms – with a sympathetic pen and a sharp and observant eye.
The Good Times was James Kelman’s first work after winning the Booker Prize for his novel How Late it Was, How Late. The twenty first-person narratives portray ordinary people – men and boys facing uncomfortable truths, encountering betrayal or struggling to understand women and work. Tender and lyrical, The Good Times is a dazzling collection from one of the world’s masters of the short-story form.
The stories ‘by the burn’, ‘Lassies are trained that way’, ‘A walk in the park’, ‘Unlucky’, ‘Street-Sweeper’, and ‘it’s the ins and outs’ are included here, and are considered to be some of Kelman’s best work in short prose. Passionate, exhilarating and darkly humorous, The Burn is an extraordinary collection of short stories by an unsurpassed prose stylist.
A collection of 47 short stories which reflect the broad scope of Kelman’s writing since 1972. Ranging from casual tragedy to wild farce, from the concrete to the lyrical, the book demonstrates Kelman’s distinctive way of creating high art from his daily experience and from the people around him.
Not Not While the Giro was James Kelman’s first major collection of short stories to be published in the UK, and takes the reader from the pub to the Labour Exchange, from the snooker tables to the greyhound track. Written with irony, tenderness and enormous anger, this book confirmed Kelman’s stature as one of the most important fiction writers of the times.
This is James Kelman’s first collection of short stories – as fresh and sharp as when they first appeared from American publisher, Puckerbrush Press, in 1973. Set among the tenements and bedsits of Glasgow, they shine a light on the exploits of both the young and the old. The US edition has never been out of print.