Book List:20 titles
  • SHORTLISTED FOR SALTIRE FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2017LONGLISTED FOR THE EDGE HILL PRIZE, 2018A 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 t...


  • Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and stumbles towards the future, terrified of losing control of what remains of his family life Both are in search of some...


  • The majority of the 18 stories in A Lean Third have been substantially revised by the author, making these new versions of great interest to academics and fans alike. Of particular note is a 3000 word afterword, written especially for this edition. T...


  • A collection of short stories by the Booker Prize-winning Scottish master Giving voice to the dispossessed and crafting stories of lives held in the balance, James Kelman reaches us all. Penetrating deeply into the hearts, minds, and desperation of c...


  • James Kelman, the Man Booker Prize–winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, tells the story of Helen—a sister, a mother, a daughter—a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky but she is much more than that. Trust, love, ...


  • 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. ...



  • I had cousins at sea. One was in the Cadets. I was wanting to join. My maw did not want me to but my da said I could if I wanted, it was a good life and ye saved yer money, except if ye were daft and done silly things. He said it to me. I would just ...


  • 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 give...






  • James Kelman's first collection of short stories—as fresh and sharp as when they first appeared from US publisher Puckerbrush Press. Set among the tenements and bedsits of Glasgow, they shine a light on the exploits of young and old. James Kelman h...



  • In the superbly crafted and critically acclaimed You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free, James Kelman has created an unforgettable character and a darkly comic portrait of a post-9/11 America. Jeremiah Brown, a Scottish immigrant in his early...


  • In Translated Accounts, the Booker Prize-winning author of How late it was, how late, offers us a harrowing glimpse into a realm where power is unchecked and liberties are few or nonexistent. Taking us into an unnamed territory that appears to be und...


  • Here, for the first time in any audio form, AK Press Audio is proud to present award-winning revolutionary Scots writer James Kelman reading from a selection of his finest stories. Seven stories are showcased here, including the legendary one minute ...


  • Follow the rebirth of Scottish literature from one of the finest current English writers. The Good Times is a humorous and dazzling collection of short stories that continues a tradition of portraying ordinary people dealing with their everyday lives...


  • This collection of 35 short stories―most of them being published in this country for the first time―has been selected and arranged by James Kelman himself from over two decades of his work. The stories of Busted Scotch are set in the working-clas...


  • 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. ...



  • Patrick Doyle, a Glasgow schoolteacher drowning in despair, can no longer control his students or his life and retreats into the world of corrugated cardboard pipes--a musical sanctuary of his own invention...