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ISBN: 9780747596233 - Alasdair Gray
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Alasdair Gray

A Secretary's Biography

Rodge Glass

ISBN: 9780747596233
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Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Glass plays Boswell to Gray's Johnson in this first (and very likely last), imaginative yet rigorous biography of Scotland's greatest living novelist.

 

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Alasdair Gray, author of the modern classics Lanark, Poor Things and 1982, Janine, is without doubt Scotland's greatest living novelist. Since trying (unsuccessfully) to buy him a drink in 1998, Rodge Glass, first tutee and then secretary to the author, takes on the role of biographer, charting Gray's life from unpublished and unrecognised son of a box-maker to septuagenarian "little grey deity" (as Will Self has called him). A Jewish Mancunian Boswell to Gray's Johnson, Glass seamlessly weaves a chronological narrative of his subject's life into his own diary of meeting, getting to know and working with the artist, writer and campaigner, to create a vibrant and wonderfully textured portrait of a literary great.
 
 

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