The Man Who Walks
By (author) Alan Warner
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Man Who Walks by Alan Warner
Book DescriptionAfter the scandalous theft of of GBP27,000 from a local pub, a homeless drifter pursues his eccentric uncle, 'The Man Who Walks', up into the Highlands to recover the money. The nephew's frantic, stalled progress and other bizarre diversions form this wickedly hilarious novel. But who is The Man Who Walks? Is he simply a water-carrying madman with one glass eye and a fondness for whisky and pony nuts, and who has a physiological inability to handle slopes? Or is he a savant, touched by the hand of God, wandering the back roads along ancient, ancestral tracks? And as the sinister, unstable nephew gains on The Man Who Walks, can it be that it will all end in a field and that this field is Culloden Moor?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099285465
(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan Warner
Morvern Callar, Paperback (August 2015)
It is off-season in a remote Highland sea port: twenty-one-year-old Morvern Callar, a low-paid employee in the local supermarket, wakes one morning to find her strange boyfriend has committed suicide and is dead on their kitchen floor. Morvern's laconic reaction is both intriguing and immoral. What she does next is even more appalling...
Their Lips Talk of Mischief, Paperback (July 2015)
High up in the Conrad Flats that loom bleakly over Acton, two future stars of the literary scene - or so they assume - are hard at work, tapping out words of wit and brilliance between ill-paid jobs writing captions for the Cat Calendar 1985 and blurbs for trashy novels with titles like Brothel of the Vampire.
Can's Tago Mago, Paperback (February 2015)
"'An officially approved account of one of the most influential and powerful albums of the 1970s, this brilliant addition to the 33 1/3 series by Scottish novelist Alan Warner will explore in detail the conception, recording and release of the album Tago Mago by Can"--Provided by publisher.
After the Dance, Paperback (October 2013)» View all books by Alan Warner
Iain Crichton Smith was one of Scotland's most prolific, best loved, and critically acclaimed writers. This collection is the first collection of selected stories by Iain Crichton Smith.
UK Kirkus Review » A belligerent drifter steals a hefty World Cup kitty from a local pub and heads for the hills. With little by way of fanfare, his nephew sets off to track him down, and finds himself plunging through an often surreal world that fast morphs into his worst nightmare. Whether naming pets after individual members of the Stone Roses, or getting inside the Nephew's desire to have his beloved books alphabetically arranged in a home of his own, Warner's latest novel is funny yet grim, and always compelling. The road leads the Nephew - the perennial outsider - to encounters with perverted lorry drivers, the decaying remnants of the aristocracy, and a frustrating moonlit tryst with an old flame. His reaction to these encounters results in a trail of carnage that follows him as he continues north, seemingly always just a little behind his eccentric one-eyed uncle. An increasingly bizarre Scotland reveals itself as the enigmatic Man who Walks is tracked by his ever-frustrated relative. As the Nephew ruminates on his fear of water and a childhood full of cruel reminders of the difference between his people and the 'Settled Community', his complexities combine to create a brilliantly developed character. It's impossible not to be drawn in by the man, riven as he is by contradictions, and it's equally impossible to shake the feeling that all is not well at the heart of this dark tale, even if the Nephew himself is always on the lookout for better days ahead. Here, Alan Warner follows earlier works such as Morvern Callar with another perfectly phrased novel, and his ability to combine the roughest of Scottish colloquialisms with touching, beautiful prose is often breathtaking. There are times when his ability to do what he chooses with the English language is as stunning as it is audacious. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Alan Warner
Alan Warner is the author of six previous novels: Morvern Callar, These Demented Lands, The Sopranos, The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and The Deadman's Pedal. He is Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.
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