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James Kelman - Mo Said She Was Quirky (2nd Hand Hardback)

SKU B000608

In just over 200 pages of interior monologue, spanning a 24-hour day, it leads us deep into the life of Helen, a young Scottish woman living in south London with her daughter and her Asian boyfriend Mo, and working as a dealer in a casino.

Plunged into a long night and day of contemplation and memory by a fleeting glimpse of a homeless man who may or may not be her long-lost brother Brian, Helen sees herself as an entirely ordinary young woman.

Yet through the rich pattern of Kelman's prose, we come to recognise the extraordinary range of thought, memory, observation, empathy, questioning, hope and fear that makes up the inner world of every human life, and the raging, astonishing complexity. of the post-modern urban landscape Helen inhabits.

Mo Said She Was Quirky is a true work of art, full of surface simplicity and deep beauty; and informed by a profound compassion for all things human, imperfect, yet unique.

  • Format : Smaller 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Fiction - Scottish Fiction
  • Published : 2012 (1st Ed. - Hamish Hamilton)
  • ISBN : 9780241144565
  • SKU : B000608
  • PPC : SP450gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

“A bracing stream-of-consciousness tale of life on London’s lower rungs from the veteran Scottish novelist and Booker Prize winner . . . a gritty and wise snapshot of urban life.” - Kirkus.

“Helen’s perceptions are sharp, sweet, clever, mundane, startling, witty, poignant and humane – it’s reminiscent of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy in Ulysses, but more fun to read.” - The Independent.

The Author

James Kelman is a Scottish novelist, short story writer, playwright and essayist. His novel A Disaffection was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 1989. Kelman won the 1994 Booker Prize with How Late It Was, How Late.