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 In 1973, An outdated Pub close to the Angel used to be released and the remaining is background.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