William Mcilvanney - Author

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William McIlvanney's first novel, Remedy is None, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and with Docherty he won the Whitbread Award for Fiction. Laidlaw and The Papers of Tony Veitch both gained Silver Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association. Strange Loyalties, the third in the Detective Laidlaw trilogy, won the Glasgow Herald's People's Prize.

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Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1)

Laidlaw (Laidlaw 1)

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Meet Jack Laidlaw, the original damaged detective. When a young woman is found brutally murdered on Glasgow Green, only Laidlaw stands a chance of finding her murderer from among the hard men, gangland villains and self-made moneymen who lurk in the city's shadows. It is winner of the CWA Silver Dagger.

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Docherty

Docherty

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/12/2006

Docherty is an intense and sometimes painful novel about a working class community in Scotland in the early 1900’s where there is immense hardship and little possibility of escape in the grim lives of the impoverished miners.   But there is also enormous warmth in the writing and you feel very much a part of the life of the central character, Tam Docherty, and his family. The novel opens with the birth of Tam’s son Conn, who Tam is determined should have a better life and not go down the pits: ‘Ah’m pittin his name doon fur Prime Minister’, but his idea of higher education for his son is an impossible dream and Conn ends up down the pits as does his brother Angus.  Brother Mick goes off to war, Old grandfather Conn moves in with his rocking chair while mother Jenny attempts to hold the whole family together. The hero of the novel is Tam who emerges as the staunch defender of the working classes and their values which are seen as superior to those of the middle classes. A powerful read.

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Other books by William Mcilvanney

Strange Loyalties

Strange Loyalties

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2021

THE THIRD IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY THE DARK REMAINS, Laidlaw's first case, out 2 September 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW! 'The Laidlaw books are not just great crime novels, they are important ones' Mark Billingham 'It's doubtful I would be a crime writer without the influence of McIlvanney's Laidlaw' Ian Rankin When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. Laidlaw begins an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as about the brother he has lost, in a search that leads to a shattering climax. Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

The Papers of Tony Veitch

The Papers of Tony Veitch

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2021

THE SECOND IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY. WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER. THE DARK REMAINS, Laidlaw's first case, out 2 September 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW! 'In a class of his own' Guardian 'Reads like a breathless scalpel through the bloody heart of a great city' Denise Mina Eck Adamson, an alcoholic vagrant, summons Jack Laidlaw to his deathbed. Probably the only policeman in Glasgow who would bother to respond, Laidlaw sees in Eck's cryptic last message a clue to the murder of a gangland thug and the disappearance of a student. With stubborn integrity, Laidlaw tracks a seam of corruption that runs from the top to the bottom of society. Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

Laidlaw

Laidlaw

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2021

THE FIRST IN THE ORIGINAL LAIDLAW TRILOGY. WINNER OF THE CWA SILVER DAGGER. THE DARK REMAINS, Laidlaw's first case, out 2 September 2021. PRE-ORDER NOW! 'If you only read one crime novel this year, this should be it' Guardian 'A bloody good read' Val McDermid When a young woman is found brutally murdered in Kelvingrove Park, only one man stands a chance of finding her killer. Jack Laidlaw. He is a man of contrasts, ravaged by inner demons but driven by a deep compassion for the violent criminals in Glasgow's underworld. But will Laidlaw's unorthodox methods get him to the killer in time, when the victim's father is baying for blood? Acclaimed for its corrosive wit, dark themes and original maverick detective, the Laidlaw trilogy has earned the status of classic crime fiction.

Remedy is None

Remedy is None

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Charlie Grant, an intense young student at Glasgow University watches his father die. Overwhelmed by the memory of this humble yet dignified death, Charlie is left to face his own fierce resentment for his adulterous mother. With shades of Hamlet and Camus, William McIlvanney's first novel is a revelatory portrait of youth, of society and of family.

The Big Man

The Big Man

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

AS SEEN IN THE BIG MAN STARRING LIAM NEESON The big man is Dan Scoular, a legend of physical prowess in a decaying Ayrshire mining community. When a bare-knuckle fight offers both money and a purpose, he finds it turns into a monumental struggle to keep his heritage and integrity intact.

Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

These are the stories of the casualties of social and emotional struggle, who defy defeat with humour, resilience and inspiring faith in their dreams. The walking wounded. These are the stories of ordinary people.

A Gift from Nessus

A Gift from Nessus

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Eddie Cameron is a salesman for Rocklight Ltd., an electrical equipment firm in Glasgow, where he has been fiddling the firm's expenses. Eddie's life is in tatters - his wife hates him, and his violent temper has left his mistress teetering on the edge of sanity.

The Kiln

The Kiln

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Tom Docherty was seventeen in the summer of 1955. With school behind him and a summer job at a brick works, Tom had his whole life before him. Years later, alone in a rented flat in Edinburgh and lost in memories, Tom recalls the intellectual and sexual awakening of his youth. In looking back, Tom discovers that only by understanding where he comes from can he make sense of his life as it is now.

Weekend

Weekend

Author: William McIlvanney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

In a Victorian mansion hotel on a Scottish island, a group of English Literature lecturers and students from Glasgow gather for a residential weekend. The weekend proves to be a major turning point in the emotional lives of several people - just not quite in the way any of them expected.

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