Alasdair Gray is an old, asthmatic Glaswegian who lives by painting, writing and book design. He is currently working on a book about his visual art, A Life in Pictures, copiously illustrated, to be published by Canongate in 2010.
* As ripping yarns masquerading as political/social metaphors go, A History Maker is in a field of its own. GQ * Fantasist, Realist, Parodist, Postmodernist - in just over a decade Alasdair Gray has become no mean literary history maker himself. Scotsman * A History Maker sees Gray at his most playful. The reference points are all over the place, just waiting to be unpicked and savoured - from Scott to Orwell to 70s sci-fi classic Rollerball. Gray drags them all together to form a clever, form-bending and brilliant read. Big Issue * A satire on Utopian fictions ... Gray's Scottish border fantasy jokes at its own expense all the better to examine the inherent flaws in a future that might work ... very entertaining indeed. -- Liz Heron Times Educational Supplement