James Kelman

James Kelman was born in Glasgow, June 1946, and left school in 1961, began work in the printing trade. My family emigrated to USA, returned a year later. I moved around, working in various jobs in various places. I was living in England when I started writing: ramblings, musings, sundry phantasmagoria, stories; whatever, I committed to it and kept at it. In 1969 I met and married Marie Connors from South Wales. We settled in Glasgow. Since then I have existed as writer, father and grandfather, supported by the same lady. We still live in Glasgow, not far from our kids and grandkids; and I still plug away at the ramblings, musings, politicking and so on. Sláinte. Follow him on Twitter HERE

Between Thought and Expression Lies a Lifetime: Why Ideas Matter

Between Thought and Expression Lies a Lifetime: Why Ideas Matter

SKU: 9781629638805
Author: James Kelman & Noam Chomsky
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629638805/9781629638867
Published: 10/2021
Format: Paperback/Hardcover
Size: 5×8
Pages: 224
Subjects: Political Science/Commentary & Opinion


“The real reason Kelman, despite his stature and reputation, remains something of a literary outsider is not, I suspect, so much that great, radical Modernist writers aren’t supposed to come from working-class Glasgow, as that great, radical Modernist writers are supposed to be dead. Dead, and wrapped up in a Penguin Classic: that’s when it’s safe to regret that their work was underappreciated or misunderstood (or how little they were paid) in their lifetimes. You can write what you like about Beckett or Kafka and know they’re not going to come round and tell you you’re talking nonsense, or confound your expectations with a new work. Kelman is still alive, still writing great books, climbing.”
—James Meek, London Review of Books

“A true original . . . A real artist. . . . It’s now very difficult to see which of his peers can seriously be ranked alongside [Kelman] without ironic eyebrows being raised.”
—Irvine Welsh, Guardian

“Probably the most influential novelist of the post-war period.”
The Times

“Kelman has the knack, maybe more than anyone since Joyce, of fixing in his writing the lyricism of ordinary people’s speech . . . Pure aesthete, undaunted democrat—somehow Kelman manages to reconcile his two halves.”
Esquire (London)

“Kelman has always been a true and honest writer; which is why he is one of the fairly few who really matter.”

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