I started The Busconductor Hines and was just baffled by the dialect and profanity used in the book. It was almost like a different language at first until I got used to it. I finally figured it out about 100 pages in, and then the story went fairly quickly.
Robert Hines struggles with the monotony of his life. The protagonist has a tough job as a Busconductor and lives in a no bedroom apartment with his wife and 4 year old son. The circumstances of his life totally weigh on him. Throughout the book, his wife suggests ways that they can get things better - such as moving to a different location, or saving money for a year with the eventual goal of possibly moving to Australia - but Hines can't ever seem to get it together to make a change. Even at the very end, where he winds up quitting his job, he goes back to it after a little while because it would be foolish not to work the week's notice and get the extra money.
This is a moderately interesting portrait of working class life in Glasgow.