Alan Warner made his debut on the Scottish literary scene with his novel Morvern Callar in 1995. He was hailed as the new Irvine Welsh, and as part of the growing group of Scottish writers concerned with challenging stereotypes and questioning conventional morality. Warner began his working life as a train driver in his home town of Oban, and the town, features of which have been extrapolated to become “The Port” in his fiction, has proven a wealthy source of inspiration. He repeatedly marries urban and rural experiences in an often unhappy wedlock. The Port, his small west coast fishing town where poverty and prosperity exist side by side, proves the ideal location for the exploration of these dual concerns.

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Macdonald, Kirsty. "Alan Warner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 November 2008
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