About the Author
was born in Glasgow in 1946. After leaving school at 15 he worked in the printing industry and as a bus driver. In 1971 he attended creative writing night classes and in 1973 an American company published his first collection of short stories, An Old Pub Near the Angel
. Greyhound for Breakfast
won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize; A Disaffection
won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; How Late It Was, How Late
won the 1994 Booker Prize amidst a storm of controversy. He has also written many plays for stage and radio. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and family.
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