A Life in Pictures

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Now in paperback, the autobiography in words and pictures of a key figure in postmodern art, the fascinating and acclaimed author of Lanark


Alasdair Gray is known throughout the world for his writing, but he is also a highly regarded artist who not only illustrates and designs his own books, but has created many beautiful and intriguing portraits, paintings, posters, and murals. Alasdair started painting and writing from an early age, and in his seventies he's still vigorously doing both. In this autopictography he gathers together the work that has mattered most to him over the years, and weaves the story of his life through and around these pictures in his own unmistakable style. A beautifully and copiously illustrated book which he designed, this is a depiction of life as seen by one of the millennium's most entertaining and wry creative geniuses.


Alasdair Gray is the author of 1982, Janine; The Book of PrefacesOld Men in Love; and Poor Things, for which he won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. His first novel, the loosely autobiographical, blackly fantastical Lanark, changed the landscape of British fiction, opening up the imaginative territory inhabited today by writers such as A. L. Kennedy, James Kelman, and Irvine Welsh. It led Anthony Burgess to hail him as "the most important Scottish writer since Sir Walter Scott."


"It's rare in the TLS office for a single book to be so singularly compelling that everyone who passes by has to stop to look."  —Daily Beast, Best in Brit Lit, by Times Literary Supplement editor"Alasdair Gray is one of the most important living writers in English."  —New York Times Book Review on Lanark"Like the best of Gray's work, Old Men in Love is funny and profane, but with a shuddering anger to the politics."  —Jessa Crispin, npr.com"A master of pastiche and collage in words and pictures, Gray has found a way to perfectly evoke a cracked, slightly out-of-balance sense of reality."  —Newsweek on Poor Things