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William Mcilvanney - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by William Mcilvanney

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.

Other books by William Mcilvanney

Docherty

Docherty

Author: William McIlvanney, Hugh McIlvanney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

'His face made a fist at the world. The twined remnant of umbilicus projected vulnerably. Hands, feet and prick. He had come equipped for the job.' Newborn Conn Docherty, raw as a fresh wound, lies between his parents in their tenement room, with no birthright but a life's labour in the pits of his small town. But the world is changing, and, lying next to him, Conn's father Tam has decided that his son's life will be different from his own. Gritty, dark and tender, McIlvanney's Docherty is a modern classic.

Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback 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.

The Big Man

The Big Man

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Weekend

Weekend

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw 3)

Strange Loyalties (Laidlaw 3)

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2013

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as the loved brother he has lost in a search that leads to a shattering climax.

The Papers of Tony Veitch (Laidlaw 2)

The Papers of Tony Veitch (Laidlaw 2)

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2013

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.

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.

Remedy is None

Remedy is None

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2005

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.

A Gift from Nessus

A Gift from Nessus

Author: William Mcilvanney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2005

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 / softback Release Date: 14/02/2005

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.

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