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How Late It Was, How Late

How Late It Was, How Late

A raw, wry vision of human survival in a bureaucratic world, How Late It Was, How Late opens one Sunday morning in Glasgow, Scotland, as Sammy, an ex-convict with a penchant for shoplifting, awakens in a lane and tries to remember the two-day drinking binge that landed him there. Then, things only get worse. Sammy gets in a fight with some soldiers, lands in jail, and discovers that he is completely blind. His girlfriend disappears, the police probe him endlessly, and his stab at Disability Compensation embroils him in the Kafkaesque red tape of the welfare system.


About the Author

James Kelman

James Kelman was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946.  His story collections include Greyhound for Breakfast (1987), The Good Times (1998), and most recently If it is your life (2010). His books include A Disaffection (1989), shortlisted for the Booker Prize; How Late It Was, How Late (1994), winner of the Booker Prize; Translated Accounts (2001), You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free (2004) and Kieron Smith, Boy (2008). Kelman has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker International Prize.