A writer of vast and original talent' - Sunday Times 'One of the most enjoyable writers around' - The Guardian 'Kelman is both angrier and funnier than Beckett.' - New Statesman 'Kelman is simply incomparable.' - The Independent 'His best stories are great stories, as dark, tough-minded and funny as any I've read in years.' - Russell Banks James Kelman's first collection of short stories - as fresh and sharp as when they first appeared from US publisher Puckerbrush Press. Set among the tenements and bedsits of Glasgow, they shine a light on the exploits of young and old. James Kelman had been writing since 1967 and by 1971 had enough stories for a book. In 1973, An Old Pub Near The Angel was published and the rest is history. The US edition has never been out of print.