Jeff Torrington

The Devil's Carousel
  • The Devil's Carousel

  • THE BOOK: A journey down the assembly lines of the Centaur Car Company borders on the surreal and it's studded with bizarre characters. Torrington's jinking, needle sharp wit constrasts brilliantly with the grit and banter of factory life in this enjoyable, energtic and original work of fiction.

Jeff Torrington (1935 – 2008) was born in the Gorbals, Glasgow. He had a wide-ranging career, working as a packing case nailer, a cinema projectionist, a fruit-market porter, labourer, postman and as a fireman on the railways. He wrote novels and short stories, drawing on the changing face of modern Scotland. His first novel Swing Hammer Swing! took 30 years to write and won the 1992 Whitbread Book of the Year Award.