(1978 – present) - Glasgow
Rodge Glass is originally from Cheshire where he had a Jewish upbringing (of sorts), with a sortie to a Catholic school and some time spent at a Kibbutz in Israel. He then attended Strathclyde University before embarking on the famous M.Litt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, where he was tutored by James Kelman and Janice Galloway.
Glass spent a year back in England before deciding to return to his spiritual home, Glasgow. His first novel, No Fireworks, took three years to write before Faber and Faber published it in 2005.
While studying at Glasgow University Glass became close to one of his tutors, Alasdair Gray, the Scottish writer and artist, and became his assistant. This relationship led to Glass being commissioned by Bloomsbury to write a biography of Gray. The book will go towards his PhD, which he is undertaking at Glasgow University.
His second novel published Hope for Newborns was published in 2008. He writes book reviews and articles for The Herald and the Scotsman and has written for the Big Issue and City Life magazines in Manchester. Glass's most recent novel is Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs.
- Add to BasketAlasdair Gray: A Secretary's Biography
- Paperback - Bloomsbury
Glass plays Boswell to Gray's Johnson in this humorous yet rigorous biography. Glass has used the inventive techniques of Gray's fiction, mixing a chronological narrative of his subject's life with his own diaries of meeting, getting to know and working with the celebrated artist, writer and campaigner.
- Add to BasketBring Me The Head Of Ryan Giggs
- Paperback - Tindal Street
Mikey Wilson's whole life has been about the moment when he steps onto Old Trafford's 'Theatre of Dreams'. But when a wayward pass from Ryan Giggs leads to the worst debut ever, his schoolboy obsession with Giggs develops into something more dangerous.
- Add to BasketDougie's War: A Graphic Novel About One Soldier's Return From Afghanistan
- Paperback - Freight
Dougie Campbell is a Scottish soldier, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan returning home to the south side of Glasgow. He has just left the British Army but cannot forget his experiences of combat. A battle rages inside him as he struggles to adjust to civilian life, trying to live with his memories and understand his need for recognition.
- Add to BasketHope For Newborns
- Paperback - Faber
After serving in the British Army, Lewis's grandfather founded the Victory Barber Shop in Manchester in 1945. But three generations later the shop is being attacked by anti-war protesters and Lewis isn't sure what side he's on any more. Then an invitation arrives to join the charity Hope for Newborns.
- Add to BasketNo Fireworks
- Paperback - Faber
Abe is a 61-year-old alcoholic with a Henry VIII fixation going through his third divorce. When he starts receiving letters from his dead mother, Evelyn, he is thrown into an identity crisis. His grand-daughter is expelled from school and the pair embark on a quest to work out what Evelyn is trying to impart.