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The Book of Man

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Set in the Scottish Third World hidden inside the First, this novel takes a savagely uncompromising and unsentimental look at the true nature of love and friendship in a city that, like its troubled characters, has lost all its old certainties.

London-based writer and single father Kevin Previn returns to his native Glasgow after an absence of ten years, his homecoming pro
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2011 by Cracked Sidewalk Press (first published 1995)
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Tony Black
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Barry Graham comes from that great generation of Scottish writers like Irvine Welsh, Alan Warner, Gordon Legge and Duncan McLean - all names I admire and whose work I've enjoyed - but for some reason I came late to Graham's own output. The Book of Man was my first introduction and it carries a lot of the hallmarks of the ScotLit brigade: casual drug use; drifting, sofa-surfing characters; warts and all Scottish locations; biting scabrous humour and a deeply-felt pathos ... I was immediately at
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a big reason I enjoyed this book is because it takes place in Glasgow, the city I currently live in. I recognized areas and attitudes within its pages that I encounter often, despite the action taking place decades before I lived here. Graham captures the working class atmosphere that still hovers over this city despite the changes that have taken place. It was interesting.
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Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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A writer from Scotland where this novel is set. Friendships, class issues, family relationships, drugs--you wacky kids will probably like it.
saw him and Peter Plate speak here back when Incommunicado Press was still around. I remember the guy from the press pushing me to go get autographs...from the anarchist writer and Graham? I never understood how people involved in punk and anarchist related endeavors never seem to understand what it's all about.
Jeremy Tolbert
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just fantastic writing about going home again.
Lonely, dirty and beautiful.
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Barry Graham is what Foucault called an Author Function.

More than a dozen books.

Published in magazines including Harper's, Salon, Narratively, PANK, Northwords Now, Flaunt, Parabola, The Big Click and Nerve.