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)

3.85 avg rating — 780 ratings — published 1977 — 28 editions
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The Papers of Tony Veitch (...

3.91 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 1983 — 15 editions
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Docherty

3.88 avg rating — 163 ratings — published 1975 — 9 editions
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Strange Loyalties (Jack Lai...

4.06 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 1991 — 13 editions
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The Big Man

4.04 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 1985 — 6 editions
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Walking Wounded

3.87 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
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The Kiln

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Weekend

2.94 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Remedy Is None

3.52 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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A Gift from Nessus

3.67 avg rating — 9 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

“I don’t like questions. They invent the answers. The real answers are discovered, before you even know what the question is.”
William McIlvanney, Laidlaw

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