By Canongate

25th February 2021 was the first GRAY DAY, a celebration of the writer and artist ALASDAIR GRAY, on the 40th anniversary of his masterpiece Lanark.

 

Here’s a selection of work by Alasdair Gray:

Lanark: A Life in Four Books

Alasdair Gray

£20.00 £18.60

A beautiful new hardback anniversary edition of Gray’s first and best-known masterpiece, Lanark. (‘Probably the greatest novel of the century’ Observer)

Lanark: A Life in Four Books

Alasdair Gray

£12.99 £12.08

Lanark in paperback. The interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw, told between two disintegrating cities: Glasgow and the fantastical, dystopian Unthank.

A Life In Pictures

Alasdair Gray

£25.00 £23.25

An autobiography in words and pictures: this beautiful, full colour book includes reproductions of Gray’s murals, portraits, landscapes and illustrations.

1982, Janine

Alasdair Gray

£10.99 £10.22

Gray considered 1982, Janine his best novel: the story of an installer of security systems fantasising about sex and contemplating suicide, it is funny and humane.

Unlikely Stories, Mostly

Alasdair Gray

£9.99 £9.29

The perfect showcase for the fullness and variety of Gray's imagination, as well as how perfectly his illustrations could enrich and develop his work, this collection of stories is one of the best of the 20th century.

Poor Things

Alasdair Gray

£12.99 £12.08

Playful and inspired, Poor Things is a reinvented Frankenstein novel, both gripping and – in its intricate framing – radically self-questioning.

The Fall of Kelvin Walker

Alasdair Gray

£9.99 £9.29

A satire of religion, the media and bounding ambition: Kelvin Walker moves to swinging London and uses his aptitude for spin and deceit until it begins to grow out of his control.

McGrotty and Ludmilla

Alasdair Gray

£9.99 £9.29

The chaotic, uncharismatic Mungo McGrotty has almost accidentally been installed in the corridors of power at Whitehall, when a mysterious and explosive report comes his way…

A History Maker

Alasdair Gray

£9.99 £9.29

A tale of border warfare, military and erotic, set in the twenty-third century, where the women rule the kingdom and the men play war games.

Ten Tales Tall and True

Alasdair Gray

£8.99 £8.36

From social realism, sexual comedy, science fiction and satire, these ten(-ish) tales include stories of a lecturer cornered in an embarrassing ménàge à trois, a Glaswegian Cinderella and an extremely talkative dentist.

The Ends Of Our Tethers: Thirteen Sorry Stories

Alasdair Gray

£9.99 £9.29

A collection of stories featuring the high jinks of many folk in the last stages of physical, moral and social decrepitude…

Every Short Story by Alasdair Gray 1951-2012

Alasdair Gray

£20.00 £18.60

An authoratitive, stunningly produced collection covering more than 60 years and even more short stories.

HELL: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part One. Decorated and Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray and Dante Alighieri

£14.99 £13.94

Two great literary minds, seven hundred years apart, are brought together in this Englishing. In this first part, Dante descends into Hell.

PURGATORY: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Two. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray and Dante Alighieri

£14.99 £13.94

In this second part, Dante and his guide, Virgil, enter and traverse Purgatory and the seven deadly sins in their quest to reach Heaven.

PARADISE: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Three. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray and Dante Alighieri

£14.99 £13.94

The final part of the trilogy – Gray’s final work, published not long after his death – struggles with morality, and the scales of good and evil that determine the fate of a human soul.

The Book of Prefaces

Alasdair Gray

£16.98 £15.79

A colossal undertaking and achievement, this collection of prefaces, spans from c. 675 to the 20th century: a whole history of English literature: gathered, glossed and stunningly presented on the page.

Of Me and Others: 1952-2019

Alasdair Gray

£17.98 £16.72

Gray’s essays, gathered here, are often incisive, funny and fired with passion, and cover politics, art and the personal alike.

A Gray Play Book

Alasdair Gray

£25.00 £23.25

Long and short plays for stage, radio and television, an unperformed opera libretto, excerpts from The Lanark Storyboard and more.

How We Should Rule Ourselves

Alasdair Gray

£6.99 £6.50

A political pamphlet, first published in 2005, it argues that the component nations of the United Kingdom can become true democracies only by declaring themselves republics.

Independence: An Argument for Home Rule

Alasdair Gray

£9.99 £9.29

A polemic on the case for Scottish independence and a vision for its possible future.

Find out more about Gray Day at grayday.info.