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March 2018 Fiction: Literary

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    Distributor: Publishers Group Canada Supplies to:CA Availability: Available Excluding:May 20, 2020 On Sale Date:Mar 16, 2018 Carton Quantity:16 $35.95 CAD
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    Seasonal: PGW Winter 2018
That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories
By (author): James Kelman
9781786890900 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade FICTION / Literary Mar 16, 2018
$35.95 CAD
Active 5.67 x 8.66 x 1.18 in | 450 gr 320 pages Canongate Books


A trucker passes through a town he used to know and a local tries to sell him his sister; a couple put their children to bed and hear a loud scratching at the wall; a Principal and his associate examine the dead body before them; a man looks into a mirror and reflects on becoming more like his father.

Sparky, touching and brilliantly daring, these stories uncover human feeling in the ordinary and the everyday, and are a reminder of Kelman's exceptional talent.

James Kelman was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 withA Disaffection, which also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He went on to win the Booker Prize five years later withHow Late It Was, How Late, before being shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and 2011. His latest novel,Dirt Road,was shortlisted for the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year in 2016.

The mixture of the precisely but surreally bureaucratic and the casually macabre is perfectly judged

Kelman is on another level to most of the living writers in the UK

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

Kelman's language is immediately exciting; like a musician, he uses repetition and rhythm

Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can

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