Alasdair Gray


Born
in Glasgow, Scotland
December 28, 1934

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Alasdair Gray trained as a painter at the local Glasgow school of art. He was 47 when he published his first novel, Lanark (1981), which combines all sorts of genres, from sf to autobiography and literary criticism, into a fantastic account of the city of Unthank - a thinly disguised Glasgow.

Gray shows an interest in sex which borders on the unhealthy, as indicated by the title of his 1990 novel Something Leather, a novel that he compared to Chaucer. His other abiding interest is Scottish identity. He was a contributor to Lean Tales (1985), a work that prompted a revival of interest in Scottish writing. Gray's work always contains a satirical element.

Average rating: 4.01 · 10,154 ratings · 790 reviews · 71 distinct worksSimilar authors
Lanark

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4.12 avg rating — 4,415 ratings — published 1981 — 34 editions
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Poor Things

4.04 avg rating — 2,197 ratings — published 1992 — 15 editions
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1982, Janine

4.10 avg rating — 665 ratings — published 1984 — 6 editions
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Unlikely Stories, Mostly

4.11 avg rating — 414 ratings — published 1984 — 9 editions
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Ten Tales Tall and True

3.73 avg rating — 291 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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Something Leather

3.58 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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The Ends of Our Tethers: 13...

3.67 avg rating — 237 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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A History Maker

3.56 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 1994 — 9 editions
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The Fall of Kelvin Walker

3.70 avg rating — 188 ratings — published 1985 — 7 editions
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Old Men in Love

3.45 avg rating — 174 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”
Alasdair Gray

“...there were certain chapters when I stopped writing, saw the domestic situation I was in and thought, "I don't want to face this world, let's get back to the hellish one I'm imagining.”
Alasdair Gray

“She also said the wicked people needed love as much as good people and were much better at it.”
Alasdair Gray, Poor Things

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