Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Greyhound for Breakfast” as Want to Read:
Greyhound for Breakfast
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Greyhound for Breakfast

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  149 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A brilliant collection of stories set in the tenements and cheap casinos of Glasgow, Manchester and London.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published 2001 by Picador (first published January 1st 1988)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Greyhound for Breakfast, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Greyhound for Breakfast

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 278)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Ken
Nov 23, 2014 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can see how James Kelman can throw people. He’s not the first writer to spin tales of the down-and-out. These are gritty stories full of the hard-nosed and the hard-headed. But they have a deep internal quality to them. Kelman traps the reader inside the skulls of his characters. So you're stuck with their delusions and rambling inner monologues and paranoias and addictions and all the other mental issues. And often those inner thoughts are not the most pleasant ones. So there are no heroes, ...more
Charlotte
Feb 05, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
James Kelman writes from inside people's heads - he can talk about what's going inside there just as much as the character can themselves and no more. You can see where people can't allow themselves to think things, where they themselves don't know what is happening. It's crafted writing; 'It's an exploratory nature – it's deep water, and it's difficult to discuss it within an interview format.' (Kelman in guardian interview). It's like Beckett in that you feel what is happening rather than clea ...more
Pat Carroll
Nov 11, 2014 Pat Carroll rated it it was amazing
Short stories typically are tricky, and I hate them, except for James Kelman's. His writing is so dense and Celtic that he could be a Flann O'Brien character strangely refusing to go along with the author's intent. In early books, Kelman's language is from Glasgow and takes a patient ear to get, later he moves toward the common speech. I picked "Greyhound for Breakfast" to blather about because it has the beauteous story "Fifty Pence." It is a novel in three pages.
Paul
Apr 10, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
James Kelman is an angry man. You’d expect that to be a natural trait of a Glaswegian, but he’s taken 47 accounts of living on the line and has gathered them into one compilation. His characters are the lowest of the low; whether it’s a tramp begging for some change, a worker living in the stockroom or a man simply trying to balance the books till the next giro, there’s always an action that makes you want to feel apathetic towards them. Some accounts are simply a stream of conscious; most are c ...more
Dave
Jan 31, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelman has an art for writing depressing books about the plight of the Scottish working class citizen and this is no dissapointment to his name. This is actually a collection of short stories. This book will drag you down into the dregs with the various main characters, but it is an honest presentation of the average Scotsmen presnted by a Scotsmen. Do not approach any peice of work by Kelman in search for a happy ending or light at the end of the tunnel. Instead, look and receive reality presen ...more
Russell George
James Kelman is a like a less salacious Irvine Welsh. Often writing in Glaswegian dialect, his world is one of smoky betting shops, serial boozers and bad diets. But whereas his Booker prize winning ‘How Late it Was, How Late’ was enthralling and passionately written – it’s the stream-of-consciousness of a man who goes blind after being beaten up by the police, and his first day coming to terms with his new condition – somehow this collection didn’t do it for me. The title piece is really good, ...more
Paul
Jun 08, 2010 Paul rated it it was amazing
This is my favourite Kelman book, not for the stories but for the fantastic week I had reading it. After a tedious summer working in Toronto, I got a cheap flight to France and stayed in Rennes in Brittany. On my first day I found a copy of this in a second-hand bookshop and sat reading it during a few idle days with a glass of cold beer in my other hand. After a week I felt nourished and refreshed. I've just checked and I see it still has the 50 franc sticker on it. I always wanted to write to ...more
Bart
May 19, 2015 Bart rated it it was ok
Preferred Edward St. Aubyn's satirical Wot you starin at? to the genuine article.
Catriona
Dec 23, 2013 Catriona rated it really liked it
A collection of short stories, some so short they're only 1 paragraph long, and some decidedly odd. I won't claim to have understood everything in this book, but when Kelman writes about people living ordinary lives in ordinary places he is unbeatable.
!Tæmbuŝu
Sep 21, 2010 !Tæmbuŝu marked it as to-read
Shelves: short-stories
Dion Burn
Dion Burn marked it as to-read
Sep 24, 2016
BookDB
BookDB marked it as to-read
Sep 17, 2016
John Collins
John Collins rated it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2016
Jonah
Jonah rated it liked it
Sep 19, 2016
Stuarthowie
Stuarthowie marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2016
Andrés Santiago
Andrés Santiago marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2016
Charles Viderkull
Charles Viderkull rated it liked it
Aug 24, 2016
Ben
Ben marked it as to-read
Aug 21, 2016
Andy
Andy rated it really liked it
Aug 11, 2016
Steven Patrick
Steven Patrick is currently reading it
Jul 20, 2016
TC
TC rated it really liked it
Jul 04, 2016
Sarah
Sarah marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2016
Chrysa
Chrysa marked it as to-read
Jun 25, 2016
Angus Macdonald
Angus Macdonald rated it really liked it
Aug 09, 2016
Stephen
Stephen marked it as to-read
May 30, 2016
Robert
Robert marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2016
Nicky Ellam
Nicky Ellam rated it it was ok
Apr 18, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Lands of Memory
  • Now That You're Back
  • My House in Umbria
  • Swing Hammer Swing!
  • The Mandelbaum Gate
  • The Fall of Kelvin Walker
  • The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn
  • Foreign Parts
  • Doris Lessing: Short Stories
  • Knit One, Felt Too: Discover the Magic of Knitted Felt with 25 Easy Patterns
  • My East End: Memories of Life in Cockney London
  • The Life and Times of Richard III (Kings and Queens of England)
  • Panama: A Novel
  • Style Me Vintage: Clothes: A Guide to Sourcing and Creating Retro Looks
  • Paris Trance
  • Illustration Now! Volume 3
  • Kid
  • Real Conversations, No.1 (Henry Rollins Jello Biafra Lawrence Ferlinghetti Billy Childish) (Real Conversations (Re/Search))
51209
Kelman says:

My own background is as normal or abnormal as anyone else's. Born and bred in Govan and Drumchapel, inner city tenement to the housing scheme homeland on the outer reaches of the city. Four brothers, my mother a full time parent, my father in the picture framemaking and gilding trade, trying to operate a one man business and I left school at 15 etc. etc. (...) For one reason or anothe
...more
More about James Kelman...

Share This Book