Author of the Month: Alasdair Gray

Our Author of the Month for October is novelist, poet, playwright, artist and polemicist Alasdair Gray. Born in 1934, Gray’s first novel Lanark, published in 1981, was described in the Guardian as ‘one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction.’ His extraordinary, genre-defying work, mixing elements of dystopian fantasy and science fiction with his own, inimitable graphic style and sense of humour, inspired Will Self to call him ‘a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today.’ More modestly, he describes himself as ‘a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian.’ Have a look at some of his titles here, and come and browse them in the flesh at the shop throughout October. To cap our month-long celebration of his work, we’ll also be presenting a special screening of Kevin Cameron’s intimate documentary film Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress, hosted by Gareth Evans of the Whitechapel Gallery and the LRB’s Jenny Turner.

A Life in Pictures

Alasdair Gray

From the publisher:

The autobiography in words and pictures of one of Britain’s most fascinating and acclaimed writers and artists, Alasdair Gray

A History Maker

Alasdair Gray

From the publisher:

A tale of border warfare, military and erotic, set in the twenty-third century, where the women rule the kingdom and the men play war games. But Wat, the History Maker ...

1982, Janine

Alasdair Gray, introduction by Will Self

Gayle recommends:

Funny, heartbreaking and totally filthy. Everything a novel should be.

The Book of Prefaces

Alasdair Gray

From the publisher:

A work chronicling the history of how literature spread and developed through three British nations and most North American states.