Lanark at 30

Late last night I finished reading a surprisingly enjoyable biography of Alasdair Gray, A Secretary’s Biography, by Rodge Glass. And by a happy coincidence, today is the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Lanark.

I read Lanark some time during the ’90s. I went through a nationalistic phase while living in London, reading many Scottish authors: Alasdair Gray, James Kelman, Agnes Owens, Irvine Welsh, James Hogg, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Iain Banks, Jeff Torrington, and many more in short story collections. Without the distraction of a television or the internet, I spent much time and a substantial amout of my meagre student grant (including a London allowance!) on buying books. It was probably my most productive book reading period.

BBC Scotland has an audio slideshow where Alasdair Gray briefly talks about Lanark.

Draft manuscript pages