Stuart Kelly on What to Read Now

by Stuart Kelly | Jun-04-2007

The month of June kicks off Reading the World. As part of this project, the NBCC has asked writers from around the globe to recommend a book from beyond these shores. We asked Stuart Kelly (pictured left), author of The Book of Lost Books, what book (or which writer) he had to recommend and he came back with the name of a poet.

"Frank Kuppner is perhaps the most original, entertaining and overlooked writer in Scotland. Whether it's his poetry ("A God's Breakfast", the new collection, includes the most profound literary mugging of T S Eliot; his Selected Poems rejoice in the title "What? Again?"), his fiction ("In the Beginning there was Physics") or his wonderful hybrids of true crime investigation, memoir and analysis of grief ("Something Very Like Murder" and "A Very Quiet Street") he is an absolute unica; Stoic, hysterical, silly and enlightening. To quote the man himself "Better to die happily than unhappily, I suppose. / Not that it makes terribly much difference for long."

About the Critical Mass Blog

Commentary on literary criticism, publishing, writing, and all things NBCC related. It's written by independent members of the NBCC Board of Directors (see list of bloggers below).


Categories & Archives

Make a tax deductible donation to the NBCC Join the NBCC/Renew
Emerging Critics

NBCC Awards

Finalists for 2018

See all award winners

Find out how to submit

Read how we select

Frequently Asked Questions

Videos and Podcasts

NBCC 2018 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2017 Awards Ceremony

NBCC 2017 Finalists Reading

All videos and podcasts.