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Kelman, James 1946-

Works: 112 works in 596 publications in 13 languages and 13,166 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Black humor  Bildungsromans  Domestic fiction  Stream of consciousness fiction  Short stories  Road fiction 
Roles: Author, Performer, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6061.E518, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by James Kelman
How late it was, how late by James Kelman( Book )

77 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 1,487 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
Mo said she was quirky by James Kelman( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 608 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"--
Dirt road by James Kelman( Book )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his mothers recent death, sixteen-year-old Murdo and his father travel from their home in rural Scotland to Alabama to be with his émigré uncle and American aunt. Stopping at a small town on their way from the airport, Murdo happens upon a family playing zydeco music and joins them, leaving with a gift of two CDs of Southern American songs. On this first visit to the States, Murdo notices racial tension, religious fundamentalism, the threat of severe weather, guns, and aggressive behavior, all unfamiliar to him. Yet his connection to the place strengthens by way of its musical culture. Murdo may be young but he is already a musician. While at their relatives home, the grieving father and son experience kindness and kinship but share few words of comfort with each other, Murdo losing himself in music and his reticent and protective dad in books. The aunt, "the very very best," Murdo calls her, provides whatever solace he receives, until his father comes around in a scene of great emotional release
A disaffection by James Kelman( Book )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patrick Doyle, a Glasgow schoolteacher drowning in despair, can no longer control his students or his life and retreats into the world of corrugated cardboard pipes--a musical sanctuary of his own invention
Greyhound for breakfast by James Kelman( Book )

32 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and German and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The good times : stories by James Kelman( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 253 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
The burn by James Kelman( Book )

26 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 243 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
A chancer by James Kelman( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tammas is twenty, 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. Sometimes Tammy wins, more often he loses, but betting gives him as good a chance as any of discovering what he really seeks from life since society offers him no prospect of a better or more fulfilling altenative
Lean tales : James Kelman, Agnes Owens, Alasdair Gray by James Kelman( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hardie and Baird & other plays by James Kelman( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"And the judges said-- " : essays by James Kelman( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'And The Judges Said -' is a collection of essays from James Kelman, dealing with matters literary, artistic, political and philosophical
Some recent attacks : essays cultural & political by James Kelman( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Not not while the Giro and other stories by James Kelman( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A disaffection
Alternative Names
Iacobus Kelman

James Kelman écrivain écossais

James Kelman schottischer Schriftsteller

James Kelman schrijver uit Schotland

James Kelman scrittore scozzese

James Kelman Skotsk forfatter

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Джеймс Келман

Келман, Джеймс

جیمز کلمن نویسنده اسکاتلندی


A disaffectionGreyhound for breakfastThe good times : storiesThe burnA chancerLean tales : James Kelman, Agnes Owens, Alasdair Gray"And the judges said-- " : essaysSome recent attacks : essays cultural & politicalNot not while the Giro and other stories