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Night Song of the Last Tram - A Glasgow Childhood


Night Song of the Last Tram - A Glasgow Childhood

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    Robert Douglas(Author)
A wonderfully colourful and deeply poignant memoir of growing up in a 'single end' - one room in a Glasgow tenement - during and immediately after the Second World War. Although young Robert Douglas's life was blighted by the cruel if sporadic presence of his father, it was equally blessed by the love of his mother, Janet. While the story of their life together is in some ways very sad, it is also filled with humorous and happy memories. Night Song of the Last Tram is a superb evocation of childhood and of a Glasgow of trams and tenements that has long since disappeared.

Exquisite ... a beautiful paean (Sunday Times)'A grace and assurance that turn everyday episodes into the stuff of romance.' (Times Literary Supplement)'poignant and funny... a vivid and humorous picture of post-war Glasgow.' (Evening Times)A well-written slice of social history delivered directly by an eyewitness (Independent on Sunday)Consider for instance "The Great Midden-raking Expedition", the sort of thing millions of Winnie-the-Pooh fans would be familiar with if Christopher Robin had been a Glaswegian ... Night Song of the Last Tram is a simply written book and all the better for it ... It recreates stunningly clear memories of a Glasgow childhood ... At the age of 66, Robert Douglas has written his first book - I cannot believe it will be his last. (Daily Mail, Scotland)'Funny and poignant ... will stir many memories.' (Sunday Post)'It's a beauty ... the best book I've read in years.' (Dorset Echo)Robert Douglas looks back to his Glasgow childhood and his experiences, the misery (and the laughter) pouring out on every page. The portrait of his mother is beautifully done ... and her loss (through breast cancer) when he was still very young is heartbreaking: it brings tears to my eyes now just writing about it. Douglas has real skill in conveying experience and his use of the Glasgow vernacular lends an extra poetry to the writing. A quite exceptional autobiography. (Publishing News, Book of the Month, Novembe)His prose is direct, pacy, uncluttered ... engaging, deftly written and honestly remembered (Herald)Told with a direct, unsentimental honesty ... a vividness that makes them real. This is a remarkable, deeply moving autobiography. (Cumberland Times)It is as a record of the old Glasgow spirit that this book is especially worthwhile. (Sunday Herald)A heartwarming, heartbreaking tale of a young boy's struggle to become a man. (Our Time, Cambridge)It has been a while since a book has reduced me to both tears of laughter and sympathy, but Robert Douglas managed it with Night Song of the Last Tram. (Journal, Newcastle)Wonderful ... vivid. (Stockport Express)The descriptions of streets and smells and childhood feelings ... come from some little fire that's never gone out in Douglas' mind ... His prose is direct, pacy, uncluttered ... engaging, deftly written and honestly remembered. (Herald)

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Robert Douglas(Author)
  • Hodder & Stoughton (28 Feb. 2005)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography
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  • By ALASTAIR FERGUSON on 6 November 2016

    I have now read all books by Robert Douglas and enjoyed every one of them but the one tat had me in tears of laughter has to be Night Song of The last tram.It brings back memories of the of tram rides through Glasgow with my father during the early Fifties and the fun we had as youngsters.Have recommended to many of my friends

  • By adriennelw on 23 November 2016

    Fantastic easy read. Feel as though you are there with him Thoroughly enjoy it.

  • By Mfenton47 on 18 June 2016

    Great story as usual from Robert. I have laughed and cried through it

  • By elizabeth mcgavin on 1 September 2016

    Read this book years ago and loaned it to someone..never got it back. Was such a good read..happy sometimes /sad sometimes. .looking forward to reading again.Very good delivery! !!

  • By Suco on 13 August 2016

    This didn't 'sound' like my kind of book......but it was.Brilliant and thoughtful. Even brought a tear to my eye! I'm Glasgow born and bred.

  • By Annette Veitch on 19 July 2017

    Loved this book. I read it in a couple of days it made me laugh as the Glasgow patter always does and my heart broke for Robert

  • By Mr. Andrew J. Kerr on 12 September 2017

    Again part of the series and a book you have to read till the finish if you know what I mean.

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