A tribute to the phenomenal Scottish writer William McIllvanney
William McIlvanney or Willie to his nearest and dearest was single-handedly responsible for the genre of Tartan Noir, the bleak and rainy Glaswegian streets, grisly crime screnes steeped in whisky and venomous characters that were the stomping ground of characters like Inspector Laidlaw (changed to Taggart for the famous TV show).
All other Scottish crime writers like Ian Rankin and so on, were only dreaming of their creations before him and all other Scottish writers are influenced by him. McIlvanney is the writer’s writer. He was born into a working class family from Kilmarnock (a town 30 miles out of Glasgow) during the war years. He vividly depicted the beauty, heroism sorrow at the heart of Scottish working class life.
In Docherty, probably one of my favourite books, and listed as one of the 100 best Scottish books of all time. McIlvanney takes us into the strangely familiar surrounds…
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