Janice Galloway

Agent: Juliet Pickering

Biography: Janice Galloway was born in Ayrshire in 1955. Her first novel, THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING (Vintage), now widely regarded as a contemporary Scottish classic, was published in 1990. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, Scottish First Book, Italia Premio Acerbi and Aer Lingus Awards, and won the MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year. Her second novel was FOREIGN PARTS (Vintage, 1995), which won Te McVitie's Prize. CLARA (Vintage), a fictionalised account of the life of Clara Schumann, was published in 2003 and won the Saltire Book of the Year.

BLOOD and WHERE YOU FIND IT, two collections of short stories, first published in 1991 and 1996 respectively, later became COLLECTED SHORT STORIES (Vintage) in 2009. Janice also wrote two collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, and libretti, poems and a play. Prizes and awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, and Creative Scotland Award. She has written and presented three radio series for BBC Scotland and has been a guest on several BBC Radio 3 shows. 

Her two latest books are works of 'anti-memoir': THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME (Granta, 2010), was shortlisted for The Biographer's Club First Book and won Scottish non-fiction Book of the Year; ALL MADE UP (Granta, 2011) won the SMIT Book of the Year and a Creative Scotland Award.

In between participating in literary events and festivals all over the world, Janice is currently working on a new novel set in Naples.

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JELLYFISH Short Stories, 165 pages Freight, 2015 This collection of twelve short stories shows Janice - a master of the form - at her absolute best, and there are many powerful new ideas here. Confident and true, the rich themes - of parenthood, relationships, sexuality and madness - circulate and cohere around Janice's clever, absorbing writing. 

JELLYFISH

Short Stories, 165 pages
Freight, 2015

This collection of twelve short stories shows Janice - a master of the form - at her absolute best, and there are many powerful new ideas here. Confident and true, the rich themes - of parenthood, relationships, sexuality and madness - circulate and cohere around Janice's clever, absorbing writing. 

  THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING Literary Fiction, 240 pages Vintage, 1991 "An account from the inside of a mind cracking up. . . its writing is as taut as a bowstring. From brilliant title to closing injunction, it hums with intelligence, clarity, wit; and, its heroine's struggle for order and meaning seduces our minds, exposes how close we all of us are to insanity. Joy, as Galloway's heroine reluctantly lets us know that she's called, is simply that dangerous step or two nearer the edge" The Listener

 

THE TRICK IS TO KEEP BREATHING

Literary Fiction, 240 pages
Vintage, 1991

"An account from the inside of a mind cracking up. . . its writing is as taut as a bowstring. From brilliant title to closing injunction, it hums with intelligence, clarity, wit; and, its heroine's struggle for order and meaning seduces our minds, exposes how close we all of us are to insanity. Joy, as Galloway's heroine reluctantly lets us know that she's called, is simply that dangerous step or two nearer the edge" The Listener

 THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME Memoir, 352 pages Granta, 2008   From her earliest years with a boozy, accident-prone father and a reluctantly pragmatic mother Janice Galloway's grew up as a watcher - careful and vigilant. This is a funny and telling book about the routine dependencies and confusions, hopes and triumphs of childhood: it is also a book about emergence, as slowly, the beginnings of unsuspected rage that pushed the silent girl towards her voice.  

 THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME

Memoir, 352 pages
Granta, 2008

 

From her earliest years with a boozy, accident-prone father and a reluctantly pragmatic mother Janice Galloway's grew up as a watcher - careful and vigilant. This is a funny and telling book about the routine dependencies and confusions, hopes and triumphs of childhood: it is also a book about emergence, as slowly, the beginnings of unsuspected rage that pushed the silent girl towards her voice.

 

 ALL MADE UP Memoir, 320 pages Granta, 2011 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 through her teenage years. Combining visceral descriptions of puberty, sex and school-room politics with the story of a family's secrets, 

 ALL MADE UP

Memoir, 320 pages
Granta, 2011

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 through her teenage years. Combining visceral descriptions of puberty, sex and school-room politics with the story of a family's secrets,