Lanark by Alasdair Gray 1st / 1st 1981


First edition and first print published by Canongate in 1981. This is a near fine copy. The wrapper has very little wear at all and isn't price clipped with the correct price of £7.95 displayed. There is the odd light mark to the edges and top of spine. One of the corners of the book is bumped. Otherwise it is in a very collectable condition with no previous owners marks or ink. The original review slip from 1981 is tucked into the front from Canongate. Overall a near fine copy.


Lanark, subtitled A Life in Four Books was written over a period of almost thirty years, it combines realist and dystopian surrealist depictions of the author's home city of Glasgow.

Its publication in 1981 prompted Anthony Burgess to call Gray "the best Scottish novelist since Walter Scott". Lanark won the inaugural Saltire Society Book of the Year award in 1982, and was also named Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. The book, still his best known, has since become a cult classic. In 2008, The Guardian heralded Lanark as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction".


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