McCreadies Gold

Set in Glasgow; Tynemouth and Australia - it tells of a merchant seaman who is estranged from his wife and two sons after their divorce in 1908. His wife Edna moves to Glasgow where she brings up her two children in the Gorbals a notorious slum. Her son Allan is killed during the war but Robert fails a medical and works as a shipyard welder. he meets Patricia and they get married. They have two sons Robert Jr and James. they go to live in the newly built Red Road Tower Block. Robert receives a phone call telling him that his father has died and that he must go to London where the will is to be read. He is left a key to a safe deposit box and the deeds to a house in Tynemouth. what he reads in the letter will take him and his two sons halfway across the world on an adventure. McCreadies Gold is definitely one to read.

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It was a clear plastic bag; inside was a letter. He replaced the stone then said “come on back to the house in case someone is watching us.”

It took them fifteen minutes to get back to the house after picking up a few harmless pebbles. Robert explained to Keith Berry that they had finished their research for that day. “We have taken these pieces of stone to analyse and we will let you know our findings thank you again for your assistance.”

“Any time professor.”

 

They sat around the kitchen table as Pat put on the kettle to make tea. Robert opened the plastic bag and took out the envelope and began to read it.

It’s another riddle Da’

 

“I told you my father loved riddles; what does it say this time.”

 

Travel by air or by sea

To a land in down under you will be.

A barren place where reptiles survive

Fifty licks west and you have arrived

Go then up further still; if you have the will

Climb fourth to a mountain next to a hill.

 

“Right lets take it one line at a time again son said Robert.

 

Travel by air or by sea

To a land down under you will be.

 

“Well that has to be Australia Da’ that’s what they call down under isn’t it?

“Yes said Pat.

“Read the next lines son.”

 

A barren place where reptiles survive

Fifty licks west and you have arrived.

 

“Now we have to find a barren place in Australia then fifty miles west of that said Robert Junior.

Pat poured out the tea as Robert read out the last lines and passed the mugs around to everyone.

 

Go then up further still; if you have the will

Climb fourth to a mountain next to a hill.

 

“It looks like we have a fair bit of climbing to do said James. “ Walking too added Robert.”

“We can take a truck until we reach the mountain.

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