Hamish Hamilton

Mo said she was quirky

James Kelman

The inspired, insightful and intensely absorbing new novel from one of the most important literary writers working today

Her boyfriend said she was quirky but it was more than that. Some things were important in life. You had to fight for them. Helen was prepared for that. Only she wasn't as strong as people thought. She tried to be but didn't always succeed. Nobody does, not all the time.

Trust, love, friendship; the lives of others, relationships; parents, children, lovers; and death, and the rich, and poor; safety, security; home and homelessness. The ordinary stuff of life but extraordinary too when you think about it. As Helen did, each waking hour, as day follows dawn, till that strangest of moments on the way home from work this tall, skinny down-at-heel guy crossed the road in front of her taxi. Brian? Her long-lost brother? How could it be? But it was his shape, his way of moving, his very presence. Could it be?
So begins this twenty-four hours in the life of this ordinary young woman, as ordinary, as unique, as each and every one of us.

Praise for If it is your life:
'By turns heart-breaking, profound and bitterly funny. A tour de force from a writer who treats language as carefully as if it were gold, and ends up turning it into something much more precious' Herald

'Kelman portrays his world with bleakly beautiful honesty . . . a fine collection and an excellent window on Kelman's brooding world' The Times'

James Kelman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His story collections include Greyhound for Breakfast, The Good Times and most recently If it is your life; his novel How Late It Was, How Late won the 1994 Booker Prize; other novels include Translated Accounts, You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free and Kieron Smith, boy. In 2009 and 2011 James Kelman was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize.


Pub Date: August, 2012
ISBN: 9780241144565
Price: £14.99
Format: B format hb
Extent: 240pp
Territory: 1BEKZ

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