Jeff Torrington

Jeff Torrington was a Scottish novelist known for his works that depict the life and struggles of the working class in Glasgow. His most notable work is 'Swing Hammer Swing!' which won the Whitbread Book Award for Best First Novel.


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  1. 1. Swing Hammer Swing!

    The narrative is set in the 1960s in Glasgow, Scotland, and follows the life of a young man named Thomas Clay. Clay is an aspiring writer who is struggling with writer's block while dealing with the impending birth of his first child, the destruction of his tenement building, and his wife's hospitalization. The novel provides a humorous and poignant look at the hardships of urban life, the complexities of personal relationships, and the struggle for artistic expression amid the chaos of everyday existence.

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