If it is Your Life

by James Kelman

If it is Your Life Synopsis

Giving voice to the dispossessed and crafting stories of lives on the edge, lives almost lost, lives held in the balance, James Kelman writes about the things that touch us all. With honesty, toughness and humour, he confronts the issues of language, class, politics, gender and age - identity in all its forms - with a sympathetic pen and a sharp and observant eye. No other British writer today penetrates so deeply into the hearts, minds and desperation of his characters, and this collection is as uncompromising, and as beautiful, as anything he has ever written.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141014906
Publication date: 7th April 2011
Author: James Kelman
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About James Kelman

James Kelman was born in Glasgow. His story collections include Greyhound for Breakfast, Not not while the giro and The Good Times; his novels include A Disaffection, How late it was, how late, which won the 1994 Booker Prize, Translated Accounts and You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free. His most recent novel, Kieron Smith, boy, was awarded the 2009 Aye Write Prize, the Saltire Society's Scottish Book of the Year, and the Scottish Arts Council's Book of the Year. In the same year James Kelman was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.

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