Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Author of the Month for June - Alan Warner

Our featured author for June is Scottish novelist Alan Warner, whose latest novel The Deadman's Pedal has just been published. While we wait for our copy to come into stock we though this would be a great opportunity to re-visit Warner's earlier works, and perhaps introduce him to some of you for the first time.

Born in Oban in 1964, Alan Warner might be identified as part of the new generation of Scottish writers, including Irvine Welsh, Iain Banks, and James Kelman, bringing readers gritty depictions of contemporary Scottish life. But while those other, arguably better known authors, tend to focus on Scotland's urban landscape, Warner turns his attention to the modern rural experience.

With his fictional setting of The Port recognisably based on his birthplace of Oban, Warner's characters dispel any remaining romantic ideas of the rural idyll, as they contend with the same issues and tensions of the modern world as their urban counterparts.

But amongst the sex and drugs and rave culture references Warner manages to weave a thread that connects his often complex, and occasionally insane, characters with the landscape they inhabit. His prose is rich with dark humour and linguistic texture, blending the poetic with the profane, and modern colloquialisms with traditional dialect words.

While perhaps not as widely read as his contemporaries Alan Warner has still received critical acclaim and recognition for his work. -  Morvern Callar (1995), won the Somerset Maugham Award; These Demented Lands (1997), won the Encore Award; The Sopranos (1998), won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award, while its sequel The Stars in the Bright Sky (2010) was long listed for The Man Booker Prize.


  1. Hooray! I didn't know there was a new book out, thank you!

  2. We are also rather excited! The reviews so far suggest it may be his best yet.


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