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Kelman, James 1946-

Overview
Works: 97 works in 482 publications in 11 languages and 11,103 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Political fiction  Stream of consciousness fiction  Bildungsromans  Pictorial works  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Performer, Interviewee, Editor
Classifications: PR6061.E518, 823.914
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Most widely held works about James Kelman
 
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How late it was, how late by James Kelman( Book )
57 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Scotland, the portrait of a petty crook who had one run-in with police too many. It is a series of reflections as he sits in jail, contemplating his fate. He had been in trouble before, but this time it's different, the latest brawl with police cost him his eyesight. Now in addition to all his other troubles he is blind
Kieron Smith, boy by James Kelman( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kieron Smith grows from age five to early adolescence as he deals with his family, the death of a beloved grandparent, a move to a new home and neighborhood, boyhood escapades, sex, and personal dreams
You have to be careful in the land of the free by James Kelman( Book )
19 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and French and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Jeremiah Brown, a Scottish immigrant in his early thirties, has lived in the United States for twelve years. He has moved as many times, from the east coast to the west coast and back again, all in the hope his luck would change. To add to his restlessness and indecision, he now has a nonrefundable ticket to Glasgow to visit his mother for the first time in seven years. The question is, will the visit help him get over the pain of separation from a woman he met and loved in New York and with whom he had a little girl, or will it make it worse?"--Publisher's description
Mo said she was quirky by James Kelman( Book )
16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"James Kelman, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, tells the story of Helen--a sister, a mother, a daughter--a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky but she is much more than that. Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth, home: these are the ordinary parts of the everyday that become extraordinary when you think of them as Helen does, each waking hour. Mo Said She Was Quirky begins on Helen's way home from work, with the strangest of moments when a skinny, down-at-heel man crosses the road in front of her and appears to be her lost brother. What follows is an inspired and absorbing story of twenty-four hours in the life of a young woman"--
The good times : stories by James Kelman( Book )
14 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stories about the Scottish working class. In Pulped Sandwiches, construction workers discuss death, Oh My Darling is on a husband who indulges in pawing his wife in public, while in I Was Asking a Question Too, a man plasters the walls of his apartment with wise sayings from books
Greyhound for breakfast by James Kelman( Book )
26 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a brilliant collection of stories set in the tenements and cheap casinos of Glasgow, Manchester and London
A disaffection by James Kelman( Book )
34 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Patrick Doyle is a 29-year-old teacher in an ordinary school. Disaffected, frustrated and increasingly bitter at the system he is employed to maintain, Patrick begins his rebellion, fuelled by drink and his passionate, unrequited love for a fellow teacher
Translated accounts : a novel by James Kelman( Book )
21 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Set in an unnamed territory that appears to be under military rule. It is narrated in the first person, but the narrators remain anonymous, as do most of the other characters. The language used is atypically English, but akin to the translations that might appear in overseas "foreign offices." Perhaps someone transcribed firsthand accounts of certain incidents, events, and states of mind, as narrated by participants in the struggle, and then passed on the transcription for translation; or perhaps the accounts were simply translated firsthand into English and edited later."--Jacket
If it is your life : stories by James Kelman( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collects short stories that penetrate the minds of characters in such everyday situations as convalescing in a hospital, sitting at a bus stop, and being in a living room with a vacuum cleaner
Busted Scotch : selected stories by James Kelman( Book )
8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
British stories on the poor and unemployed. The settings are pubs, betting shops, tenements, snooker parlors and decaying industrial workplaces. In one story, a poor man sucks his nicotine-covered thumb as a substitute for a cigarette. By the author of How Late It Was, How Late
The busconductor Hines by James Kelman( Book )
21 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and French and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Masterly ... the only work of realistic literary art to show what is happening to most of the British people here and now."--Alasdair Gray 'With Kelman, and with other writers such as Alasdair Gray, the great city of Glasgow and urban Scotland in general are finding the literary voices they deserve.' - British Book News 'A remarkable book ... intelligent, exploratory and sometimes very touching.' - Times Literary Supplement
The burn by James Kelman( Book )
23 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Passionate, exhilarating and darkly humorous, "The Burn" is an extraordinary collection of short stories by a master of paranoia and an unsurpassed prose stylist
Not not while the Giro and other stories by James Kelman( Book )
26 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and Slovenian and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of short stories which follow the lives of young men, social misfits, whose lives are spent waiting - waiting for their next giro or menial job - in the pub, the dole office, the snooker table and the greyhound track
A chancer by James Kelman( Book )
21 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tammas is 20, a loner and a compulsive gambler. Unable to hold a job for long, his life revolves around Glasgow bars, home with his sister and brother-in-law, the dog track, betting shops, casinos and occasionally a day at the races
"And the judges said-- " : essays by James Kelman( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of essays in which the author deals with a wide range of issues literary, artistic, political and philosophical - Russian writers who influenced him, the lives of the Impressionists, Chomsky's key role in 20th-century thinking, the Caribbean Artists' Movement, and the struggling Scottish steel industry
Lean tales : James Kelman, Agnes Owens, Alasdair Gray by James Kelman( Book )
7 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hardie and Baird & other plays by James Kelman( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An old pub near the angel ; and other stories by James Kelman( Book )
12 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and Scots and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A writer of vast and original talent"--Sunday Times 'One of the most enjoyable writers around' - The Guardian 'Kelman is both angrier and funnier than Beckett.' - New Statesman 'Kelman is simply incomparable.' - The Independent 'His best stories are great stories, as dark, tough-minded and funny as any I've read in years.' - Russell Banks James Kelman's first collection of short stories - as fresh and sharp as when they first appeared from US publisher Puckerbrush Press. Set among the tenemen
Some recent attacks : essays cultural & political by James Kelman( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The close season by Ken Grant( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
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Languages
English (376)
Spanish (5)
French (3)
Slovenian (2)
Croatian (2)
Italian (2)
Danish (2)
German (1)
Scots (1)
Polish (1)
Norwegian (1)
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