Alasdair Gray


Born
in Glasgow, Scotland
December 28, 1934

Died
December 29, 2019

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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: 3.98 · 12,448 ratings · 1,016 reviews · 74 distinct worksSimilar authors
Lanark

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4.10 avg rating — 5,157 ratings — published 1981 — 37 editions
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Poor Things

4.04 avg rating — 2,563 ratings — published 1992 — 17 editions
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1982, Janine

4.09 avg rating — 767 ratings — published 1984 — 8 editions
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Unlikely Stories, Mostly

4.10 avg rating — 454 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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Ten Tales Tall and True

3.74 avg rating — 306 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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Something Leather

3.60 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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The Ends of Our Tethers: 13...

3.69 avg rating — 250 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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A History Maker

3.58 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 1994 — 10 editions
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The Fall of Kelvin Walker

3.70 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 1985 — 8 editions
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Old Men in Love

3.44 avg rating — 190 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”
Alasdair Gray

“You suffer from the oldest delusion in politics. You think you can change the world by talking to a leader. Leaders are the effects, not the causes of changes.”
Alasdair Gray, Lanark

“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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