By James Kelman
James Kelman's first choice of brief stories—as clean and sharp as after they first seemed from US writer Puckerbrush Press. Set one of the tenements and bedsits of Glasgow, they shine a mild at the exploits of old and young. James Kelman have been writing given that 1967 and through 1971 had adequate tales for a booklet. In 1973, An outdated Pub close to the Angel used to be released and the remaining is background. the USA version hasn't ever been out of print.
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