ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: February 18, 2021
The Fall of Kelvin Walker
By (author) Alasdair Gray
It is the Swinging Sixties and Kelvin Walker has moved from Scotland to London to make his fortune. Through his wanton ambition, a megalomania surfaces that is unrelieved by his insensitive attempts at friendship and romance. Yet is he all bad, or are the true villains the establishment figures who he tricks and deceives? And, ultimately, does it matter?Gray’s twist on the follies of religion, the media and the imperial British centre is as relevant now as ever.
Reviews of The Fall of Kelvin Walker
Gray transformed our expectations of what Scottish literature could be — VAL McDERMID One of the most gifted writers to have put pen to paper in the English language — IRVINE WELSH The best Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott — ANTHONY BURGESS Gray is a true original, a twentieth century William Blake * * Observer * * One of the brightest intellectual and creative lights Scotland has known in modern times — NICOLA STURGEON A necessary genius — ALI SMITH A parable, a romp and, as I found, a one-compulsive-sitting read — MELVYN BRAGG Bawdy and exuberant * * Guardian * *
Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from the Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he authored, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures. In November 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Saltire Society. He died in December 2019, aged eighty-five.