The Real Gorbals Story
True Tales from Glasgow's Meanest Streets
By (author) Colin MacFarlane
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Real Gorbals Story by Colin MacFarlane
Book DescriptionColin MacFarlane was born in the Gorbals in the 1950s, 20 years after the publication of No Mean City, the classic novel about pre-war life in what was once Glasgow's most deprived district. He lived in the same street as its fictional 'razor king', Johnnie Stark, and subsequently realised that a lot of the old characters represented in the book were still around as late as the 1960s. Men still wore bunnets and played pitch and toss; women still wore headscarves and treated the steamie as their social club. The razor gangs were running amok once again, human waste ran down the tenement stairs, and filth, violence, crime, rats, poverty and drunkenness abounded, just like they did in No Mean City. MacFarlane witnessed the last days of the old Gorbals as a major regeneration programme, begun in 1961, was implemented, and, as a street boy, he had a unique insight into a once great community in rapid decline. He witnessed drunken fights, gang battles, police corruption and even the occasional stabbing, slashing and murder. But the Gorbals had another side: one where ordinary hard-working people were trying to survive in what was arguably once the most notorious area in the world. In this engrossing new book, MacFarlane reveals what it was really like to live in the old Gorbals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845962074
(234mm x 153mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colin MacFarlane
Hit the Headlines, Paperback (May 2012)
'Hit the Headlines' charts out a series of fun and inspiring, cross-curricular journalism workshops that enhance key skills and confidence in areas such as writing and editing, critical assessment, interviewing and observation, mental flexibility, and much more.
Gorbals Diehards, Paperback (September 2010)
During the 1960s Glasgow boy Colin MacFarlane had his own gang: the Incredible Gorbals Diehards. These were young boys trying to survive in one of the world's toughest areas, the infamous slums of Glasgow. Presenting the adventures of the gang, this title reveals what it was like to grow up on the streets in the Gorbals.
No Mean Glasgow, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by Colin MacFarlane
Charts the author's eventful passage from Gorbals street boy to grown man on the brink of a new beginning. This book describes his adventures with a mixture of humour, sadness and delight. It is of interest to those who remember the old Glasgow - a city teeming with warmth, passion, patter and characters who could brighten up the darkest of days.
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Author Biography - Colin MacFarlane
Colin MacFarlane is a journalist and has written for a number of national newspapers, including Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Times, the Scottish Sun and the Daily Record. He lives in Pontypridd, Wales.
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