Kieron Smith, Boy, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Rejected by his brother and largely ignored by his parents, Kieron Smith finds comfort - and endless stories - in the home of his much-loved grandparents.

But when his family move to a new housing scheme on the outskirts of Glasgow, a world away from the close community of the tenements, Kieron struggles to find a way to adapt to his new life.

Kieron Smith, boy is a brilliant evocation of an urban childhood.

Capturing the joys, frustrations, injustices, excitements, revels, battles, games, uncertainties, questions, lies, discoveries and sheer of wonder of boyhood, it is a story of one boy and every boy.

It is James Kelman at his very best.




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Outstanding. One of the best through-the-eyes-of-a-child books I've ever read, right up there with Catcher in the Rye. For linguistic brilliance it can only be compared to those early chapters of Portrait of the Artist. There's not a lot of plot, but I just felt so attached to Kieron that I wanted to keep reading. It's moving and powerful and sweet and funny, and the narrative voice is pulled off almost flawlessly. Highly recommended.