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Its Colours They Are Fine

by Alan Spence

Part of the Canons Series

Shorter Reads

Its Colours They Are Fine Synopsis

A classic of short fiction, Alan Spence's celebrated debut collection, first published in 1977, brings Glasgow to vibrant life and captures the spirit of the city as it teetered on the brink of change. From childhood Christmases in small tenement flats and games played on scrubland, to Orange Walks on bright Saturday afternoons and Thursday nights in dark, pulsing dancehalls, these interlinked stories vividly evoke the city and its inhabitants - young and old, Catholic and Protestant, hopeful and disillusioned.

Its Colours They Are Fine Press Reviews

Poetic, affectionate and moving stories of Glasgow street life -- Sunday Times 

A calm and necessary visionary -- Ali Smith

One of Scotland's most accomplished literary talents -- The Times 

Beautifully observed . . . in each story there is a shining and unforced truthfulness -- Edwin Morgan

Brilliant . . . exquisitely and beautifully written stories -- Liz Lockhead

Like Chekhov's stories . . . [Spence] is a writer to cherish --


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ISBN: 9781786892973
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Publisher: Canongate Canons an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786892973
Publication date: 2nd August 2018
Author: Alan Spence
Publisher: Canongate Canons an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Shorter Reads,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Alan Spence

Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. His awards include the McVitie Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. He is based in Edinburgh where he and his wife run the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, where he is also Artistic Director of the annual WORD Festival.   Author photograph © Calum Colvin

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