William McIlvanney





William McIlvanney


Born
in Scotland, The United Kingdom
November 25, 1936

Died
December 05, 2015

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William McIlvanney was a Scottish writer of novels, short stories, and poetry. He was a champion of gritty yet poetic literature; his works Laidlaw, The Papers of Tony Veitch, and Walking Wounded are all known for their portrayal of Glasgow in the 1970s. He is regarded as "the father of 'Tartan Noir’" and has been described as "Scotland's Camus".

His first book, Remedy is None, was published in 1966 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1967. Docherty (1975), a moving portrait of a miner whose courage and endurance is tested during the depression, won the Whitbread Novel Award.

Laidlaw (1977), The Papers of Tony Veitch (1983) and Strange Loyalties (1991) are crime novels featuring Inspector Jack Laidlaw. Laidlaw is considered to be the
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Laidlaw (Jack Laidlaw, #1)

3.86 avg rating — 891 ratings — published 1977 — 31 editions
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The Papers of Tony Veitch (...

3.94 avg rating — 282 ratings — published 1983 — 15 editions
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Docherty

3.89 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 1975 — 9 editions
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Strange Loyalties (Jack Lai...

4.06 avg rating — 226 ratings — published 1991 — 13 editions
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The Big Man

4.04 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1985 — 6 editions
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The Kiln

4.02 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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Walking Wounded

3.89 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
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Weekend

2.96 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Remedy Is None

3.65 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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A Gift from Nessus

3.64 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1968 — 4 editions
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Laidlaw The Papers of Tony Veitch Strange Loyalties
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“Writing is a way of sharing our humanity.”
William McIlvanney

“Son, it’s easy tae be guid oan a fu’ belly. It’s when a man’s goat two bites an’ wan o’ them he’ll share, ye ken whit he’s made o’. Listen. In ony country in the world, who are the only folk that ken whit it’s like tae leeve in that country? The folk at the boattom. The rest can a’ kid themselves oan. They can afford to hiv fancy ideas. We canny, son. We loass the wan idea o’ who we are, we’re deid. We’re wan anither. Tae survive, we’ll respect wan anither. When the time comes, we’ll a’ move forward thegither, or nut at all.”
William McIlvanney, Docherty

“But, imagining Scott’s nights here, I populated the emptiness. This had been one of his places and some small part of his spirit had been left here. Holding my own brief séance for my brother, I conjured vivid faces and loud nights. I saw that smile of his, sudden as a sunray, when he loved what you were saying. I saw the strained expression when he felt you must agree with him and couldn’t get you to see that. I caught the way the laughter would light up his eyes when he was trying to suppress it. I heard the laughing when it broke. He must have had some nights here. He had lived with such intensity. The thought was my funeral for him. Who needed possessions and career and official achievements? Life was only in the living of it. How you act and what you are and what you do and how you be were the only substance. They didn’t last either. But while you were here, they made what light there was – the wick that threads the candle-grease of time. His light was out but here I felt I could almost smell the smoke still drifting from its snuffing.”
William McIlvanney, Strange Loyalties

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