That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories

James Kelman

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Intimate new stories from the Booker Prize-winning James Kelman. He ‘brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can’ ALAN WARNER

A 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 the wall; a Principal and his associate examine the dead body before them; a man looks into a mirror and reflects on becoming more like his father.Sparky, touching and brilliantly daring, these stories uncover human feeling in the ordinary and the everyday, and are a reminder of Kelman’s exceptional talent.


“Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can”
Alan Warner

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“Brilliant … Uncompromising in vision, and yet strangely adaptable in style and content, Kelman’s harsh tales of dirty realism have sympathy for how suffering is a central component of the human condition. This collection shows a writer who is still at the top of his game, brimming with creativity, vitality and artistic integrity”
Jp O’malley
irish Independent

“What Kelman creates here and elsewhere in this collection is an atmosphere of Kafka-esque anxiety and menace, of things falling apart, of centres unable to hold … Like the best short story writers - James Joyce, Kafka, John Cheever, Alice Munro - he has reinvented the form through his audacity not to conform to the expectations of those who underestimate the intelligence and perceptiveness of the reading public. His stories may concern dossers and delusionists, no hopers and chancers, petty criminals and serial gamblers, but each one is an individual who has been dealt a hand that he must learn to play or lose his lot”
the Herald

”PRAISE FOR THE STORIES OF JAMES KELMAN:Tender and funny in a way that may surprise those who know him only by reputation”
daily Telegraph

“A rollicking, riveting read … Kelman’s language of inner thought is so fluid and immediate it reads more like breath than words”
daily Herald


James Kelman

James Kelman was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 with A Disaffection, which also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He went on to win the Booker Prize five years later with How Late It Was, How Late, before being shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and 2011. His latest novel, Dirt Road, was shortlisted for the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year in 2016.