Alasdair Gray

Scottish writer and artist

Alasdair Gray (28 December 1934 – 29 December 2019) was a Scottish writer and artist. His first novel, Lanark, published in 1981, was written over almost 30 years. It was described by The Guardian as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction."[1]

Alasdair Gray
Born(1934-12-28)28 December 1934
Glasgow, Scotland
Died29 December 2019(2019-12-29) (aged 85)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationNovelist, artist, playwright, academic, teacher, poet, muralist, illustrator
GenreScience fiction, dystopianism, surrealism, realism
Literary movementPostmodern literature
Notable worksLanark: A Life in Four Books
1982, Janine
Poor Things
The Book of Prefaces

Gray died at a hospital in Glasgow of pneumonia-related problems on 29 December 2019, a day after his 85th birthday.[2]


  1. "Alasdair Gray". The Guardian. London. 22 July 2008. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008.
  2. Alasdair Gray, the beloved author and artist, has died, Canongate Books. Retrieved 29 December 2019.

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