Kieron Smith, Boy

Kieron Smith, Boy

Title:Kieron Smith, Boy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780151013487
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:422 pages

I had cousins at sea. One was in the Cadets. I was wanting to join. My maw did not want me to but my da said I could if I wanted, it was a good life and ye saved yer money, except if ye were daft and done silly things. He said it to me. I would just have to grow up first.

James Kelman’s triumph in Kieron Smith, boy is to bring us completely inside the head of a child and remind us what strange and beautiful things happen in there.

Here is the story of a boyhood in a large industrial city during a time of great social change. Kieron grows from age five to early adolescence amid the general trauma of everyday life—the death of a beloved grandparent, the move to a new home. A whole world is brilliantly realized: sectarian football matches; ferryboats on the river; the unfairness of being a younger brother; climbing drainpipes, trees, and roofs; dogs, cats, sex, and ghosts.

This is a powerful, often hilarious, startlingly direct evocation of childhood.


    Kieron Smith, Boy Reviews

  • K.D. Absolutely

    What goes on inside the mind of a boy from the time he is 5 until 13 years old? It could be beautiful, dark, mischievous, hopeful, scary, innocent, imaginative, indifferent, angry, loving, envious, an...

  • Becky

    My word. I got really, really sick of this book. I spent about 6 years of my life living in Scotland, and I love the place. What I grew to hate was people using the accent as some kind of substitute f...

  • Sean Blake

    George Orwell once said of Henry Miller's books, ‘He knows all about me,’ you feel; ‘he wrote this specially for me’ . The exact same can be said for James Kelman. Boyhood has never been writ...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    In the old place the river was not far from our street. There was a park and all different things in between. The park had a great pond with paddleboats and people sailed model yachts. Ye caught fish ...

  • Ade Bailey

    This is a narrative told by Kieron Smith growing up to the age of 13. It is like a series of short episodes, and I found I read it slowly. But there is a sustained series of threads, implicit and unde...

  • Alan

    This book is worth five stars, but the way I read it made it, for me, more a four star one. That's because i read much of it in twenty minute commutes, and the odd kid-battered hour at home. It is the...

  • Margie Taylor

    I have come late to James Kelman and have a lot of catching up to do. While he was winning the Booker Prize (How Late it Was, How Late, 1994), and being castigated for it, I was working on my own firs...

  • Simon Wood

    THE LIFE AND OPINIONS O' SMIDDY It's not often I agree with the blurb on a books dust jacket, but after reading James Kelmans "Kieron Smith, Boy" I feel that I can enthusiastically endorse the claims ...

  • Claire

    James Kelman has an unmistakable writer's voice that I find exhilarating and troubling to read and very very 'skarrish.' Having read How Late it was, How Late and You have to be Careful in the land of...

  • Kathleen

    This was an extraordinary book..as the dustjacket says, "A masterpiece". This book is Kieron's diary, from being just a "wee lad" through early adolescence in Glasgow probably during the 1950's. At fi...