Swing Hammer Swing!

By Jeff Torrington


Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year for 1992, Jeff Torrington's startlingly original first novel is set in Glasgow, Scotland during a single week in the late sixties. Christmas is approaching, his wife is in the maternity hospital prematurely, his building is about to be demolished. Then, even more difficulties arise. . . .

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A man in a diving suit walks out of a Glasgow cinema. Very few people find this strange in Torrington’s sad and quirky novel, where the odd often interrupts the everyday. Thomas Clay seems to be vacillating but has made a decision that will affect him and his family; as he reminisces and regrets the reader is insightfully taken to a city of boozers and philosophes, drunks and gurus. -- Stuart Kelly