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James Kelman's early fiction includes the short-story collections An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973) and Not Not While the Giro (1983), and the novels The Busconductor Hines (1984) and A Chancer (1985). He gained wider recognition in the U.K. with Greyhound for Breakfast (1987), winner of the Cheltenham Prize, and the novel, A Disaffection (1989), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction).

How late it was, how late (1994), the story of a man who wakes up in a police cell after an encounter with the police that leaves him blind, won the Booker Prize for Fiction. In 1998 he was awarded the Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year for his collection of short stories The Good Times (1998). His novel, Translated Accounts (2001), is set in an unnamed territory that appears to be under military rule. You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free was published in 2004.

He is the author of a television screenplay, The Return (1991), and has written many plays for radio and theatre. Hardie and Baird, and other plays was published in 1991. He spent three semesters teaching at the University of Texas (1998, 1999 and 2001) and is currently attached to Goldsmiths College, London, and the University of Glasgow. His book, And the Judges Said... (2002), is a collection of essays.

James Kelman lives in Glasgow with his wife. Kieron Smith, Boy, his latest novel, was published in 2008, along with a collection of short stories. It won the 2008 Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award and the the prestigious Aye Write! Bank of Scotland Prize for Scottish Fiction.

Bibliography

An Old Pub Near the Angel   Puckerbrush Press (USA), 1973

Three Glasgow Writers   (with Alex Hamilton and Tom Leonard)   Molendinar Press, 1976

Short Tales from the Nightshift   Print Studio Press, 1978

James Kelman   (Writers-in-Brief)   National Book League, 1980

Not Not While the Giro   Polygon Press, 1983

The Busconductor Hines   Polygon Press, 1984

A Chancer   Polygon Press, 1985

Lean Tales   (with Agnes Owens and Alasdair Gray)   Cape, 1985

Greyhound for Breakfast   Secker & Warburg, 1987

A Disaffection   Secker & Warburg, 1989

Hardie and Baird, and other plays   Secker & Warburg, 1991

The Burn   Secker & Warburg, 1991

Some Recent Attacks: Essays Cultural and Political   (essays)   AK Press, 1992

How late it was, how late   Secker & Warburg, 1994

Busted Scotch   W. W. Norton (USA only), 1997

Seven Stories   (audio cassette, read by James Kelman)   Sound House-AK Audio, 1997

The Good Times   Secker & Warburg, 1998

Translated Accounts   Secker & Warburg, 2001

And the Judges Said ...   (essays)   Secker & Warburg, 2002

You Have To Be Careful in the Land of the Free   Hamish Hamilton, 2004

Kieron Smith, Boy   Hamish Hamilton, 2008

Short Stories   Hamish Hamilton, 2008

Prizes and awards

1987   The Cheltenham Prize   Greyhound for Breakfast

1989   Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   A Disaffection

1989   James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction)   A Disaffection

1994   Booker Prize for Fiction   How late it was, how late

1994   Writers' Guild Award (Best Fiction)   How late it was, how late

1998   Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award   The Good Times

1998   Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year   The Good Times

2004   Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award   (shortlist)   You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free

2005   Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award   (shortlist)   You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free

2008   Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award Kieron Smith, Boy   Hamish Hamilton, 2008

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