(born March 1956 - ) - Saltcoats, Ayrshire
Janice Galloway scored an immediate success – and critical acclaim – with her début novel The Trick is to Keep Breathing. The story of a young drama teacher’s descent into insanity in a working-class housing estate sets the hard-hitting and confrontational tone central to her later short story collections and novels. The collections Blood and Where You Find It won the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. More recently she has turned her pen to strong historical women, with an opera based on the life of Mary Shelley (Monster, with Sally Beamish), and Clara, based on the life of 19th-century pianist Clara Weick Schumann.
Janice Galloway studied Music and English at Glasgow University, and now lives and works in Glasgow. Her memoir of her Ayrshire childhood in the 1950s and 60s, This Is Not About Me, was published in September 2008. An anthology of her earlier short stories, Collected Stories, was published in late 2009.
- Add to BasketAll Made Up - Hardback
In the second volume of her memoirs, the prize-winning author Janice Galloway reveals how the child introduced in 'This Is Not About Me' evolved during her teenage years.
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A collection of short stories in which the main subject is fear. Violence, both random and institutionalized, is seen as a constant threat, and a component of a society which seems designed to intimidate or exclude women.
- Clara - Paperback
Janice Galloway's new novel is based on the life of Clara Schumann - 19th century concert pianist and composer, editor and teacher, friend of Brahms - who was also the wife of Robert Schumann, the mother of his eight children, and the woman who cared for him through crippling mental illness.
- Add to BasketCollected Stories - Paperback
Comprising stories from her debut collection, 'Blood', and the critically acclaimed 'Where You Find It', this collection presents some of the best known and most loved works by one of Scotland's most gifted and original writers.
- Foreign Parts - Paperback
Foreign Parts is a novel about love, mortality and travel. Two women drive each other round the bend as they journey in Normandy on a holiday that tests the limits of human affection and the territory of a woman's life.
- This Is Not About Me - Paperback
One of Scotland's greatest contemporary writers turns her focus, in luminous prose, to her Ayrshire childhood in the 1950s and 1960s.
- The Trick Is To Keep Breathing - Paperback
From the author of Foreign Parts, Where You Find It and Blood comes the story of Joy, a heroine struggling for order and meaning in her life. First published in 1989, this novel won the MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year.