Alasdair Gray by Rodge Glass
A Secretary's Biography

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Alasdair Gray, author of the modern classics Lanark, Poor Things and 1982, Janine, is without doubt Scotland's greatest living novelist. Since trying (unsuccessfully) to buy him a drink in 1998, Rodge Glass, first tutee and then secretary to the author, takes on the role of biographer, charting Gray's life from unpublished and unrecognised son of a box-maker to septuagenarian "little grey deity" (as Will Self has called him). A Jewish Mancunian Boswell to Gray's Johnson, Glass seamlessly weaves a chronological narrative of his subject's life into his own diary of meeting, getting to know and working with the artist, writer and campaigner, to create a vibrant and wonderfully textured portrait of a literary great.

About Rodge Glass

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Rodge Glass was born in 1978 and lives in Manchester where he is part of a large United-supporting family. He had published two previous novels, Fireworks and Hope for Newborns, as well as the acclaimed Alasdair Gray: A Secretary's Biography for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award.
Published April 5, 2012 by Bloomsbury Paperbacks. 350 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Glass allows himself to wonder whether Gray's painting is really much good, and whether the neglect of his work as a visual artist may not be justified, no matter how frequently Gray complains of this.

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