William McIlvanney (25 November 1936 – 5 December 2015) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was known as Gus by friends and acquaintances. McIlvanney was a champion of gritty yet poetic literature; his works Laidlaw, The Papers of Tony Veitch, and Walking Wounded are all known for their portrayal of Glasgow in the 1970s. He is regarded as "the father of 'Tartan Noir’" and as Scotland's Camus.
An awesome wee man," Andra Crawford said. His first book, Remedy is None, was published in 196 William McIlvanney was a Scottish writer of novels, short stories, and poetry. He was a champion of gritty yet poetic literature; his works Laidlaw, The Papers of Tony Veitch, and Walking Wounded are all known for their portrayal of Glasgow in the 1970s.
Tam Docherty's youngest son, Conn, is born at the end of 1903 in a small working-class town in the west of Scotland. Tam will stop at nothing to make sure that life and the pits don't swallow up his boy, the way it did him. Courageous and questioning, Docherty emerges as a leader of almost unshakable strength, but in a close-knit community tradition is a powerful opponent. Eddie Cameron is a salesman for Rocklight Lt. an electrical equipment firm in Glasgow, where he has been fiddling the.
The film William McIlvanney: Living With Words was screened at the Glasgow Film Festival in February and was broadcast on BBC Scotland. How William McIlvanney invented tartan noir. McIllvanney taught English from 1960 until 1975 at Irvine Royal Academy and then Greenwood Academy, Dreghorn, where he was also assistant headteacher. Rankin added: First time I met McIlvanney I said I was writing a crime novel, influenced by him. He signed my book: ‘Good luck for the Edinburgh Laidlaw’. A few years later we did an event together in Edinburgh and he signed another: ‘The Edinburgh Laidlaw done good. Fellow crime writer Val McDermid wrote: I’ve just heard the heartbreaking news that Willie McIlvanney has died. He showed so many of us Scottish writers what was possible.
William McIlvanney, who has died aged 79, grew into the title the godfather of tartan noir – the term for Scottish crime fiction – though it was not one he fully welcomed. It was, however, the Glasgow-based crime novel Laidlaw, published two years later, which caught the fancy of the broader reading public.
His work defies pigeonholing in any genre: this is simply great writing from a master of his craft (CRAIG RUSSELL). The Whitbread Prize-winning modern classic. Introduced by Hugh McIlvanney. On a December night in 1903, Tam Docherty lifts his new-born son and declares that this one will never go down the pits – this child Conn, his youngest, will work with his brains, rise out of the poverty of his heritage. The book covers the next twenty years or so, telling the story of Conn and his family, and most of all of Tam himself, a man who may be only five foot fower. But when yer hert goes fae yer heid tae yer taes, that's a lot o' hert. Tam is a miner in the fictional town of Graithnock in Ayrshire.
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Scottish novelist William McIlvanney was born in 1936 in Kilmarnock, the son of a miner. He graduated from Glasgow University and worked as an English teacher between 1960 and 1975. His first book, Remedy is None, was published in 1966 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Docherty (1975), a moving portrait of a miner whose courage and endurance is tested during the depression, won the Whitbread Novel Award. The Big Man (1985), is the story of Dan Scoular, an unemployed man who turns to bare-knuckle fights to make a living. Both novels feature typical McIlvanney characters - tough, often.
Docherty by William McIlvanney - paperback (9781782119616) published by Canongate 3 November 2016. Newborn Conn Docherty, raw as a fresh wound, lies between his parents in their tenement room, with no birthright but a life’s labour in the pits of his small town. But the world is changing, and, lying next to him, Conn’s father Tam has decided that his son’s life will be different from his own. Gritty, dark and tender, McIlvanney’s Docherty is a modern classic. Intense, witty and beautifully wrought telegraph.
About book: Tam Docherty was only five foot four -but wherever he stood he established a teritory. The people who lived in High Street, Graithnock came there because of poverty, yet Tam moved as if he were there by choice. And his name was not a pleasant sound to more than one manager in the south-west of Scotland. William McIlvanney's novel celebrates a sense of community that is strong, warm and deeply tolerant, and people who strive to live with dignity.