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- DescriptionRead the stories of the Denny and Dryden families, one Scots the other English, beginning in 1921 and ending in June 1940 as they are played out in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland against the backdrop of these eventful years. The marriage of Edward Denny and Hor Dryden is t an easy one. Hor struggles with limited resources and the worries of motherhood. When tragedy strikes she is devastated and her relationship with Edward deteriorates further as he seeks solace in an affair. Susan Denny, Edward's sister, leaves Glasgow for a post as a nanny in New York and her life there provides a parallel story so that the action switches between Scotland and New York. In America she finds a dramatically different, fast and hedonistic lifestyle where temptations, far removed from her strict upbringing, are hard to resist. In a story drawn on fact, Margaret M Dunlop skilfully contrasts differences in social status and aspirations between the two familities arising from their, at times, tempestuous relationship, but also with its lighter side. The vel evokes place and atmosphere and brings to life historic events and mores of the time with sensitivity and humour.
- Author BiographyMargaret M Dunlop was born in Glasgow to a Scottish father and an English mother. She is the fourth child of the five surviving children of this union. After leaving school in Glasgow she started work to contribute to the household income, but later she attended Hamilton College and Jordanhill College in Glasgow to obtain a Diploma in Education. This led her to becoming head teacher of a rural school in Lanarkshire. She also has an honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the Open University and, on impulse, became a member of Mensa. As a child she loved to write short plays and songs to be performed by her cousins, brothers and sisters in front of the family. Her school compositions were often read before classmates as an example of how to write a good story. But despite the lifelong desire for writing it is only in recent years that she has found time for novel-writing. 'Marching in Scotland, Dancing in New York' is the first of these. As part of growing up, she became familiar with all the celebrations, the triumphs experienced and tragedies endured by her extended family. The story was built on these memories, on the tales and gossips involving often larger-than-life characters and on the historical events of the time. She absorbed the goings on played out between two large disparate families, one with Scottish ways and the other, the incoming English, with manners so different. The author lives with her husband in Biggar in Scotland. She has two daughters and seven grandchildren.
- Author(s)Margaret M. Dunlop
- PublisherMelrose Books
- Date of Publication01/06/2007
- SubjectRomance & Sagas
- Place of PublicationEly
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintMelrose Books
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