Alan Bissett

Playwright, novelist, performer, bletherer.


2011 tenth anniversary edition

In the years since it was first published, Alan Bissett’s debut novel Boyracers has become a cult classic. With its optimistic spirit, inventive narrative style and pop-culture riffing, Boyracers is the definitive novel about Scottish youth in the Noughties.

“Superb from start to finish.” – FHM

Meet sixteen-year-old Alvin. Poet. Virgin. Confused. Adopted by ‘the Lads’ – three older boys with a car called Belinda and four wheels to anywhere – he begins the crazy road-trip from adolescence to adulthood. Perched in the back seat, Alvin watches life darken before his eyes, and soon he must decide if his fate lies in Falkirk or beyond the shimmering horizon of the unknown.


2001 first edition

“Launched with the adrenalin rush of a bull entering the ring, Boyracers fires off a technicolour display of Falkirk special effects.  There is real emotion here, and gutsiness, as well as a feeling for language so passionate it shames the dullness of so many sentences that make it into print.” – Rosemary Goring, Scotland on Sunday


2002 edition

“An inspired look at Scottish life.” – **** The List

“A breakneck dash through the back streets of Falkirk, a comedy, almost a tragedy, and a caustic look at what has passed for culture in the last decade.” – **** The Big Issue


2008 edition

Buy the tenth anniversary edition of Boyracers from WordPower Books