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.
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)