About Me

Neil D.A. Stewart was born in Glasgow in 1978 and lives in London. He was educated at the University of Glasgow and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He is the arts editor of the online magazine Civilian. The Glasgow Coma Scale is his first novel.

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  1. Professor Graham Teasdale

    As one of the two originators of the Glasgow Coma Scale in 1974 I was very intrigued to learn that you had used it as the title for a book. I enjoyed reading ‘The Glasgow Coma Scale’ and would be very interested to learn about the process that led you to the choice of this title for your novel.

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      Thank you for your comment — and I’m delighted you enjoyed the novel whose title you inspired. To my great shame, I can’t remember exactly in which non-fiction text I first read the term, some years ago. I filed it away at the time as a good name for, initially, a fictional pop band (in an early version of the book, it would have been a band that the character of China played in). When it came time to think of a punchy title for the novel, this came into play — and I was able to insert the scene in which the phrase is explained in the text. It was serendipity that the novel was published at almost exactly the same time the real GCS celebrated its fortieth anniversary — on which, congratulations!

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      Certainly not — but as a Glasgwegian I’m sure I’ve been accused of all of these at one time or another, it’s true!

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