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by Robert Douglas

This is an utterly charming story about twelve families and their tightly knit street in 1950s Maryhill. Following the end of the war, the close rebuilds its ties and the strong sense of community and friendly neighborhood bonds are soon back in place. There is young love for Rhea and Robert; a surprising new start for James; a change of direction for George; and all overseen by the matriarch of the street—Granny Thompson. And of course, all buoyed up by a big helping of Scottish humor and strength of spirit. Yet it is all not perfect in their world: the families have to deal with poverty, religious bigotry, racism, heartbreak, lies, violence, and death. But the powerful friendships cannot ultimately be broken; the characters have gone through too much together. In Robert Douglas's first novel, he recreates a time and place particular to Glasgow but to which everyone will relate.

Download Whose Turn for the Stairs? epub
ISBN: 0755318919
ISBN13: 978-0755318919
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Robert Douglas
Language: English
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; 1st edition (November 3, 2009)
Pages: 416 pages
ePUB size: 1534 kb
FB2 size: 1601 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 240
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The Author of this book lived just a few streets away from me in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland where I grew up. He must have been a few years younger than me, but he has captured the history and the people of that place in a precise and factual manner. It brought back vivid memories of my youth. I did not think Americans would be interested in the history and events portrayed in this novel, however, my American friends were fascinated by the way people lived in tenement buildings and how they coped with so many hardships in such a cheerful manner. I enjoyed all of the books Robert Douglas has written but I think this is one of my favorites.
I really appreciated this story as it took place Scotland. Glasgow to be exact and I spent my childhood there in the district in which the story takes place. It brought back many memories of things I had forgotten. I don't think it would have the same appeal for someone who had not grown up in that time or that place.
I enjoyed robets autobiographies but this novel is even better. Had me laughing and sad at several pl;aces. I came from the area he is writing about and it was all so true.
If you understand the meaning of "heid the ba'" and "midden" and have heard of a "single end" and a "lavvy oan the landin'" then this is for you. Great read about the tight knit community living in a Maryhill tenement during the post-war era. By the author's admission, it is a work of fiction however you can relate to every single character and picture them in your mind's eye. The generous dose of good old Glasgow humour will have you rolling on the floor in places.
Thank you Mr. Douglas for reminding me of the beauty and character of Glasgow past. After reading this book I have purchased all of your books and continue to enjoy them time and again
What a charming book....I was a bit worried at the start but it is fully enjoyable. Loveable characters & lots of joy! I can't wait to read the next in the series!
If you grew up in Glasgow this book is a must. It is complete nostalgia and brings back all the old memories(some that you may even have forgotten)Suggest that you read the entire group of books by Mr. Douglas,5 in all. You will love them.
Another 'good read' from this author. Hard to put the book down once I started reading. Brought back many memories of my Glasgow childhood.