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How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

Sammy, our Glaswegian hero, wakes up in a cell after two days drinking. The novel catches his consciousness at work as he tries to reconstruct what happened. The overall tone is strangely positive, and Kelman displays his unique talent for exploring a carefully modulated poetic language of the mind.
James Kelman was born in Glasgow. How Late It Was, How Late won the Booker Prize in 1994.

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How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman