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How Late It Was How Late

James Kelman

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Vintage Classics
01 March 1995
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Booker Prizes
Sammy's had a bad week - his wallet's gone, along with his new shoes, he's been arrested then beaten up by the police and thrown out on the street - and he's just gone blind. He remembers a row with his girlfriend, but she seems to have disappeared. Things aren't looking too good for Sammy and his problems have hardly begun
By:   James Kelman
Imprint:   Vintage Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   287g
ISBN:   9780749398835
ISBN 10:   0749398833
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 March 1995
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. His books include Not not while the giro, The Busconductor Hines, A Chancer, Greyhound for Breakfast, which won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize, and A Disaffection, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, How late it was, how late won the 1994 Booker Prize. James Kelman lives in Glasgow with his wife and two daughters.

Reviews for How Late It Was How Late

Booker Prize Winner in 1994. A grim tale recounting a week in the life of the narrator, Sammy, an ex-convict who becomes blind after he has been jailed and questioned by the police after a drinking spree. One of Kelman's aims is to give authentic voice to working class Scotland and to this end the novel, like his others, is written in a scatologically brimming Glaswegian vernacular which gives pause to the London literati whom he so despises. When one of his previous novels, A Disaffection, was nominated for the Booker, he was disparaged on the TV broadcast as being 'Billy Connolly with philosophy': he is far more than that. (Kirkus UK)


  • Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 1994
  • Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 1994.
  • Winner of Writer's Guild / Macallan Award Fiction Category 1994
  • Winner of Writer's Guild / Macallan Award Fiction Category 1994.
  • Winner of Writers' Guild Award 1994
  • Winner of Writers' Guild Award 1994.

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