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James Kelman -- A Lean Third

James Kelman -- A Lean Third

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James Kelman -- Lean Third



James Kelman -- A Lean Third

The Skinny
interviewed James Kelman HERE

Indepth review by thi wurd HERE

Short story collection
. James Kelman has long been regarded as one of the finest writers of fiction in the world. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946, he has won numerous awards, accolades and prizes including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel A Disaffection; also shortlisted for the Booker Prize, which he won in 1994 with How late it was, how late. Mr. Kelman continues to be a huge influence on Scottish literature.

A Lean Third contains stories that were originally published in Lean Tales (1985), alongside the work of Alasdair Gray and Agnes Owens. The majority of the eighteen stories have been substantially revised by the author, making these 'new versions' of great interest to academics and fans alike. Of particular note is a 3000 word afterword, written especially for this edition. The author gives revealing insights into the background of many of the stories, his lifestyle at the time and writing methods, etc. A fascinating and essential new edition which Tangerine Press are extremely proud to be publishing.


"If James Kelman ever receives the Nobel Prize, his short fiction will have been an important part of his achievement. The wit and profundity (A Lean Third) contains will reward unlimited reading."
The Independent

"Kelman has always been an artist, and a highly conscious one. Whatever the social content of his work, he also makes art for art’s sake. The tone of voice sounds unforced and natural, but is never exactly a transcript of spoken language. It is finely wrought, artificial as an Impressionist’s still-life. He is a master of the brief encounter between people who may never see each other again, or indeed have any desire to do so. He is a poet of transience, catching the passing moment as it wings its way out of sight."
The Scotsman

Kelman’s reworked stories are an outstanding addition to an already stunning body of work."
Post Magazine

"Tangerine Press has produced a beautiful reissue of Kelman’s third. Each tale has been updated by the author, who follows them with a long afterword on writing, collaborating and the pressure to conform that has dogged his career (those at the BBC are “guardians of High English Culture who will commandeer the very nails from your fingers and show amazement if you offer resistance”). Here are snapshots of Scots abroad, nightlife, chance encounters, the thrill and buzz and sadness of working-class life."
New Statesman

"Kelman suffers perhaps, in the same way as Beckett and Joyce, by not being recognised for his humour. These stories are narrated by people at the bottom or on the periphery. The style is plain. Perhaps that inclines readers to expect grimness. Kelman is, in fact, a very funny writer. His angle of narration is amusing. It comes from being unable to take contemporary reality, or at least that inhabited by his narrators, entirely seriously. He gives it slant, as Emily Dickinson advised, but not merely oblique; he is disillusioned before he writes a word... Perhaps Kelman is more than just a literary genius."
The Penniless Press

"These 18 stories are... the bare bones of a novel that was never written. The afterword, 3000 words of it, has been written especially for this very pleasing publication by Tangerine Press and even if you are not a devotee of the author's numerous works, feels like essential reading."
The Sunday Herald

TRADE PAPERBACK

April 2015. With updated afterword. 112 pages. 170mm wide x 240mm tall. 100% recycled, acid-free text paper; Midnight Blue endpapers; Forest Green card covers. First trade edition. Text set in Gill Sans, at the author's suggestion. Printed and bound in England. ISBN: 978-0-9573385-6-2. Limited supplies available direct from the publisher. £12.00

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HANDBOUND LIMITED EDITION

General Information: 82 pages. Large format, approx. 7”/175mm wide, 10”/250mm tall. Handbound at the Tangerine workshop with cloth-covered heavy duty acid-free boards, conservation glue and hemp cord; distinctive Tangerine Press logo stamped onto the front cover; three-colour title page. 74 numbered/signed and 26 lettered/signed copies available for sale. All 100 copies include a b&w portrait of the author by Alasdair Gray. The letters K,E,L,M,A and N have been slipcased. Text set in Gill Sans, at the author's suggestion. ISBN: 978-0-9573385-1-7

All 100 copies signed by Mr. Kelman.

There are three editions, totalling 100 copies:

74 Numbered/signed copies:
Fully bound in Colorado Green Tweed cloth; Tangerine logo and author's surname stamped onto the front cover in black ink; 3-page ‘stepped’ 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes front endpapers—the page colours being Sepia, Burst Orange and Royal Blue; 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes Sepia back endpapers; 100gsm Heritage Book White archival quality, Fourdrinier made, acid-free text paper. £30.00 plus p&p

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20 Lettered/signed copies:
Quarter bound with 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes Black paper covered boards, with Natural Linen Japanese Silk spine; Tangerine logo and author's surname stamped onto the front cover in gold ink; 3-page ‘stepped’ 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes front endpapers—the page colours being Sepia, Burst Orange and Royal Blue; 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes Sepia endpapers; 100gsm Heritage Book White archival quality, Fourdrinier made, acid-free text paper.

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6 Lettered/signed/slipcased copies:
Fully bound in Black with Flecks Japanese Silk; Tangerine logo blind stamped onto the front cover; 3-page ‘stepped’ 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes front endpapers—the page colours being Sepia, Burst Orange and Royal Blue; 160gsm Canson Mi-Tientes Sepia back endpapers; 100gsm Heritage Book White archival quality, Fourdrinier made, acid-free text paper. Slipcase bound in Black & Green streaked/lacquered 60gsm Japanese Awagami paper. The letters K,E,L,M,A and N have been slipcased.

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