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Growing Up In The West
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ISBN:
9781841952628
Categories
Classic Fiction
Imprint
Canongate Classics
Publication Date
23 June 2008
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
714

Growing Up In The West

Growing Up in the West presents four very different and memorably vivid accounts of what it was to be young and growing up in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, from the 1930s to the 1960s. Poor Tom tells of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with the slow death of his brother in the city slums of a culturally impoverished Scotland. Fernie Brae celebrates the growth and education of a sensitive boy in a novel reminiscent of Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist. Gordon William’s novel tells a grimmer story as its young protagonist eventually succumbs to a culture of drink and violence where the harshness of life on the land sits next to industrial sprawl: ‘From scenes like these old Scotia’s grandeur springs.’ Set in the Clydesdale shipyards, the wryly observant and humorous style of Apprentice strikes a happier note from the 1960s.

Born in Orkney in 1887, Edwin Muir is best known as a poet. When he was fourteen his family moved to Glasgow, and Poor Tom reflects something of the trauma of that experience. J. F. Hendry was born in Glasgow in 1912. He was an influential poet and editor of the New Apocalypse movement in the 1940s, along with G. S. Fraser and the young Norman MacCaig. Gordon M. Williams was born in Paisley in 1934. After he left school he became a reporter and settled in London. His other books include Walk Don’t Walk and The Siege of Trencher’s Farm, filmed by Sam Peckinpah as Straw Dogs. Tom Gallacher was born in Drumbartonshire in 1934. One of the most successful Scottish dramatists of the 1970s, his plays include Mr Joyce is Leaving Paris (1970) and Revival (1972). Apprentice is the first in a series of three books following the career of the same character.






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