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Old Men in Love

(2007)
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'Alasdair Gray's new novel, Old Men in Love, exhibits all of those faintly preposterous foibles that make him a writer more loved than prized. The bulk of the text constitutes the posthumous papers of a recondite - yet venal - retired Glaswegian schoolmaster, named John Tunnock (as in the celebrated tea cake), that have, seemingly, been edited and collated by Gray himself. 'This literary subterfuge serves to fool no one who needs fooling, yet will satisfy all who believe that the truth can be found more exactly in chance occurrences, serendipity, and the eggy scrapings from the breakfast plates of the neglected, than any crude, linear naturalism. 'Tunnock is a beguiling figure, at once feisty and fusty. His historical fictions chivvy us into Periclean Athens, Renaissance Italy and then bury our noses in the ordure of sanctity given off by charismatic Victorian religious sectaries. Excursions into geological time are placed in counterpoint to diaristic jottings describing Tunnock's own erotic misadventures and the millennial trivia of the Anthony Linton Blair Government's final five years. 'Only Gray can be fecklessly sexy as well as insidiously sagacious. Only Gray can beguile quite so limpidly. If I were a Hollywood screenwriter (which, to the best of my knowledge, I am not), I would pitch the film adaptation of Old Men in Love thus: 'Imagine Lanark meets Something Leather, with a kind of a Poor Things feel to it ' By this I mean to convey to this novel's readers that Alasdair Gray remains, first and foremost, entirely sui generis. He's the very best Alasdair Gray that we have, and we should cherish his works accordingly.' - Will Self

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"He's the very best Alasdair Gray that we have, and we should cherish his works accordingly." - Will Self


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Hardback Editions

October 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Old Men in Love
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 0-7475-9353-1 / 978-0-7475-9353-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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June 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Old Men in Love: John Tunnock's Posthumous Papers
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 1-931520-69-0 / 978-1-931520-69-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Small Beer Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Old Men in Love
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 0-7475-9383-3 / 978-0-7475-9383-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Old Men in Love
Author(s): Alasdair Gray
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK