A Glasgow Childhood
By (author) Meg Henderson
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Finding Peggy by Meg Henderson
Book 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 notorious 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552141857
(198mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Meg Henderson
Meg 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.
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