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A Week in Literary History

June 9th, 2002

Booker Prize winning Scottish novelist James Kelman (How Late It Was, How Late, 1994) is born in 1946 in Glasgow.

James Kelman, b. June 9, 1946

kelman.pngKelman sprang to fame a dozen years ago when his novel How Late It Was, How Late won the Booker Prize. It was a hotly debated award because of the novel’s low-life hero and his unremitting gutter language, but Kelman is devoted to portraying the lives of down-and-outers, and How Late aspires to the status of Samuel Beckett in its scary but luminous and incantatory prose. His earlier and later novels and stories handsomely repay rereading.

Suggested Reading Novels The Busconductor Hines, 1984. A Chancer, 1985. A Disaffection, 1989. How Late It Was, How Late, 1994. Translated Accounts, 2001. You Have to Be Careful, 2004. Stories An Old Pub Near the Angel, 1973. Not Not While the Giro, 1983. The Burn, 1991. Busted Scotch, 1997. The Good Times, 1998.

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