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. No other British writer today penetrates so deeply into the hearts, minds and desperation of his characters, and this collection is as uncompromising, and as beautiful, as anything he has ever written.
James Kelman's books include Greyhound for Breakfast, A Disaffection and How Late it Was, How Late, which won the 1994 Booker Prize. His most recent novel is Kieron Smith, boy, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and was the winner of both the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award 2009 and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award 2009.