Set in and around Glasgow and the Mediterranean of the early 1880s, this novel describes the triangle of affection between two doctors and a clever woman who has been created - not born - at the age of 25. This book won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and "The Guardian" Fiction Prize.
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"It wouldn't be an exaggeration to hail Alasdair Gray as one of Scotlands greatest living novelists." -- The List Festival Guide 9-15th August 2001
"The greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott" -- Anthony Burgess
'A marvellous, endearing book ... a virtuoso feat of literary ventriloquism' -- New Statesman and Society
'The greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott' -- Anthony Burgess
'This work of inspired lunacy effectively skewers class snobbery, British imperialism, prudishness and the tenets of received wisdom' -- Publishers Weekly
'Witty and delightfully written' -- New York Times Book Review
Alasdair Gray won the the Whitbread and Guardian Awards for POOR THINGS. He is also the author of THE BOOK OF PREFACES, the story-collection, TEN TALES TALL AND TRUE, and the groundbreaking modern classic, LANARK.
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