SHORTLISTED FOR 2017 SALTIRE FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
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.
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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