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- DescriptionMeg Henderson grew up in Glasgow in the fifties and sixties as part of a large and often troubled family. The tenement block in which they lived suffered a major collapse and they were moved to the torious Blackhill district, where religious sectarianism, gang warfare and struggles with hostile bureaucrats were part of daily life. Meg was born into a mixed-religion family, where there was warmth and laughter as well as conflict. Her mother, Nan, and her mother's sister, Peggy, were two idealistic women who took on the troubles of the world. Together they shaped Meg's life, shielded her from the effects of her father's heavy drinking and helped her to move on, eventually, from the slums of Glasgow. Peggy searched for a husband until late in her life and then endured a harsh, unhappy marriage until she died tragically in childbirth. Her death devstated the family and destroyed Meg's childhood, but it was only as an adult that Meg was able to uncover the shocking facts behind Peggy's untimely demise.
- Author BiographyMeg Henderson was born in the Townhead area of Glasgow in 1948, the youngest and only girl of three children. Thereafter she lived in the Blackhill, Drumchapel and Maryhill areas of the city. She gratefully left her convent secondary at sixteen, and though writing had always been her main interest, she spent some years working within the NHS before going to India with Voluntary Service Overseas. On her return she married, went to live on a Scottish island and became an adoptive and a foster parent. She now works as a journalist and lives with her husband on the East coast of Scotland.
- Author(s)Meg Henderson
- PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication08/09/1994
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCorgi Books
- Content Notefacsim., portraits
- Weight221 g
- Width127 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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- jen1quiltnurse210 Feb, 2012by
An inspiring read, hard to put the down down until finished.
This is a poignant, powerful and emotional story based on the author's childhood in Glasgow. She uses humour and sadness throughout and tells her story in a very personal manner. I bought this book because it was the first one written by Meg Henderson, a magnificent Scottish author and I had read some of her other books in the series. This one certainly lived up to expectations. At times the sadness and almost feeling of helplessness almost brought the reader to tears, but the main character was strong and fought her way back. I now have all the books in the set, but this particular novel is by far, one of my favourites. It is very realistic. I feel sure that most readers, not only those of Scottish origin, who will identify with the contents, will enjoy this book and find it hard to put it down until the book is finished. Read full review
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