Alasdair Gray's Old Men in Love: Lady Sara Sim-Jaegar on the Death of John Tunnock

(A shot I took of the interior to show you just how beautiful the book is...)

Alasdair Gray is one of Scotland's great novelists, and his latest, Old Men in Love, showcases Gray at the top of his form. It's out now from the excellent Small Beer Press here in the US. As Small Beer puts it, "Alasdair Gray’s unique melding of humor and metafiction at once hearken back to Laurence Sterne and sit beside today’s literary mash-ups with equal comfort. Old Men in Love is smart, down-to-earth, funny, bawdy, politically inspired, dark, multi-layered, and filled with the kind of intertextual play that Gray delights in. As with Gray’s previous novel Poor Things, several partial narratives are presented together. Here the conceit is that they were all discovered in the papers of the late John Tunnock, a retired Glasgow teacher who started a number of novels in settings as varied as Periclean Athens, Renaissance Florence, Victorian Somerset, and Britain under New Labour."

Continuing our series of posts about Gray's novel, here's an excerpt from the book's introduction, written by Lady Sara Sim-Jaeger...


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