William McIlvanney - Surviving The Shipwreck (2nd Hand Hardback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9781851583591
This is a collection of the author's thoughts on a wide range of subjects from poverty and unemployment to disco dancing and dog racing, from Norman Mailer and Alan Whicker to T.S. Eliot and J.R. Ewing.
Journalism and essays by the author of the Laidlaw novels. A common thread through the stories is "the decline of political and social idealism."
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : Good (Immoveable price sticker on back cover & gift message)
- Category : Non-Fiction - Scotland
- Published : 1991 (Mainstream Publishing - 1st Edition)
- ISBN : 9781851583591
- SKU : B002700
- PPC : SP500gm
- RRP : £12.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Tremendous book. Not what it was described as - it is not a book of poetry, nor does it appear to have an article on T. S. Eliot. Have only just started into the book, but appears to be largely about William McIlvanney's beautifully sharp and, at times, hilariously funny, observations on what it means to be Scottish. He looks at very many angles, even in the first few chapters - Referendum, Edinburgh, 'Being Poor', Disco, Race Track, Care Homes, & 'Journeys of the Magi' - an eye opening, and often hilarious, recounting of his Scottish football fan travels - the most epic of which, flying to New York, then travelling through the Americas, with friends, to Cordoba, Argentina - for the Football World Cup 1978 - is, quite frankly, an amazing read. One of the best books I have bit into for a long time." - Amazon Review.
William McIlvanney was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was known as Gus by friends and acquaintances. McIlvanney was a champion of gritty yet poetic literature; his works Laidlaw, The Papers of Tony Veitch, and Walking Wounded are all known for their portrayal of Glasgow in the 1970's.
Featured Author . . . William McIlvanney
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