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This is an auction for CLYDEBANK: THE HOLY CITY by Meg Henderson.

"THE HOLY CITY tells the story of the people of Clydebank during the Blitz and in the postwar years, depicting their camararderie and resilience in the face of adversity." reviews:

"The Holy City? No, this book is not about Jerusalem! It is a novel based on the growing-up memories of the author in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Henderson vividly portrays the cultural worldview of her forebears and family in the way they manage their relationships and daily activities. She beautifully flavours her whole portrayal of confused, dysfunctional family life with the native brogue of her family and the people of Clydebank. This is a delight to read. The family situations are portrayed so honestly that the events provoke anger and sorrow, as well as empathy. Henderson recreates the bombings of Clydebank by the Germans in WW II. She follows the story of children orphaned and on their own, or exploited by their supposed care-givers. She gives us insights into the agonies of soldiers returning home to find their home, neighbourhood and families gone. Another strong thread is the conflict between Catholics and Protestant highland Scots learning to deal with a new life in the mixed lowlands and the changing postwar culture, with new influences from English sophistication and proletarian Marxism that threaten the old ways."

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Paperback 1997.

310 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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