James Kelman vs Ian Rankin...

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James Kelman vs Ian Rankin...

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1Jargoneer
Set 1, 2009, 5:32 am

...more accurately - James Kelman vs anybody who isn't James Kelman, or writes like James Kelman.

The article - Kelman's Rage

Some responses - Is Pulp Fiction Taking Over Scottish Shelves?

2Thrin
Editado: Out 3, 2009, 8:13 pm

I came across this thread whilst looking for some clues as to which Scottish authors' books I might enjoy. I've just read the article 'Kelman's Rage', and it made me laugh; Scotland's obviously no more free of fragile 'literary' egos than elsewhere.

Actually it was Ian Rankin's books that made me wonder what other Scottish writers I might enjoy. Where would Scottish Library Thingers suggest I begin? It's easy to find good 'crime fiction' but I'd like to read other writing too.

Writing that conveys a sense of place and which has well-developed (or developing) characters interests me particularly. It must also make me think (although I've read much which doesn't).

Any suggestions?

3AnnieMod
Out 7, 2009, 1:09 pm

Again a crime author but I like Val McDermid - A Darker Domain is as Scottish as a book can get. Her other books are pretty good and set in Scotland more or less (all three series and most of the singletons) also but if you want Scottish, you cannot get more Scottish than this :)

4Thrin
Out 7, 2009, 5:34 pm

Thanks AnnieMod. Val McDermid's a Darker Domain is in my local library, so as soon as it's available I'll be reading it.