James Kelman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His story collections include Greyhound for Breakfast, The Good Times and most recently If it is your life; his novel How Late It Was, How Late won the 1994 Booker Prize; other novels include Translated Accounts, You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free and Kieron Smith, boy. In 2009 James Kelman was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. In 2012 James won the Saltire Book of the Year award for Mo Said She was Quirky. His most recent novel, Dirt Road was published in 2017 by Canongate Books.