Alan Warner

(b. 1964)

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(1964– ),

Scottish novelist and short‐story writer, born in Argyll. His acclaimed first novel, Morvern Callar (1995), is written in the voice of a semi‐literate young woman living in the West Highlands of Scotland. When her mysterious older boyfriend dies, he leaves her money and an unpublished manuscript; she seizes both and lives a life of hedonism in Spain. The novel's style combines spoken Scots with sophisticated poetic ideas in an intensely metaphorical way. These Demented Lands (1997) is a more experimental sequel, evoking a New Age nightmare of shipwreck on an offshore island, with echoes of W. Golding and Conrad. The Sopranos (1998) is a story about a group of drunken Highland schoolgirls on a day trip to Edinburgh. Along with I. Welsh, Warner has sometimes been seen as a leader of the so‐called ‘chemical generation’. Recent novels include The Man Who Walks (2002) and The Worms Can Carry Me to Heaven (2006).

Subjects: Literature.

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