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Tammas is 20, a loner and a compulsive gambler. Unable to hold a job for long, his life revolves around Glasgow bars, living with his sister and brother-in-law, betting shops, and casinos. Sometimes Tammas wins, more often he loses. But gambling gives him as good a chance as any of discovering what he seeks from life since society offers no prospect of a more fulfilling alternative.
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James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. After leaving school at 15 he worked in the printing industry and as a bus driver. In 1971 he attended creative writing night classes and in 1973 an American company published his first collection of short stories, An Old Pub Near the Angel. Greyhound for Breakfast won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize; A Disaffection won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; How Late It Was, How Late won the 1994 Booker Prize amidst a storm of controversy. He has also written many plays for stage and radio. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and family.
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Novel about a Glaswegian Gambler Tammas.Grey Boards with gilt titles to spine, 225 x 145 mm approx. [iv] + 310 pp. First Edition 1st printing 1985. Near Fine/ Near Fine (Book- light tanning to fore and top edge of book block. No previous owner name or insc. Dust Jacket - hint of tanning to exposed edges of flap folds and extreme edges, non price clipped. Now in a removable proprietary protective sleeve). Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale for further details and condition. Seller Inventory # 126651
Book Description Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Edinburgh: Polygon Books, 1985. First Edition. Signed by Kelman without inscription on title page. Octavo. 309 pages. Printed dust jacket. Grey boards stamped in gilt. Unclipped dust jacket is lightly creased along edges. Boards show a touch of wear at spine ends. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. Second novel from the Scottish novelist who would go on to win the Man Booker Prize for How Late It Was, How Late. Seller Inventory # 8560
Book Description Fine in fine dustjacket. Signed and dated (1989) by the author. Fine in near fine dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 17916