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.


21. 21

What are we to do then kids are we going to follow this or are we just going to leave it be?

I will have to ring my boss and ask for a sabbatical; me too said Robert Junior.”

 “So we go then?

“Why not Da’ it will be a great adventure.”

“Well count me out; I am not going where there are snakes, crocodiles, or lizards said their mother.

“We shouldn’t be long Pat; a month at most I recon.”

“I will be alright; I have Scamp to keep me company; don’t I boy. The dog leapt onto her lap then settled down.

Okay we need to buy some clothes like shorts for the desert. Hats, water bottles, ropes, in fact everything we need to survive in the desert.

“We can buy them in Australia Da’ instead lugging them all over the place.

“Okay we will need money.”

“We have that already all we have to do is wire it over to Australia.”

 Good I am going to ring the air port then book our flights have you got your passports?

“Yes I always bring mine when coming over the border said James with a laugh.

Robert picked up the phone and rang the airport and was put through to the desk.


“Newcastle Airport Sharon speaking; how can I help?

“When is your earliest flight to Australia?

“Hold the line a moment; I will just check that for you.”


Hello sir yes we have a flight to Queensland at eleven thirty this evening.

“Yes we will take it.

“How many will be flying sir and can you give me their details along with your own.”

Ten minutes later the flight was booked.

“They are doing a ten pound poms trip so we’ve scored.”

“Are you sure you’re going to be alright Pat do you not want to come with us.”

“No you boys go and enjoy yourselves I have Brenda if I need any company.”

“Before I forget there’s someone else who may be interested in coming she’s a journalist.”

Oh said Pat; who is she?

“You call her Eleanor Riley; we met on the train going down to London.”

 “Don’t worry love she is only twenty five.”

 The two lads came to attention then.

“Tell us more Da is she pretty?”

“Extremely but if she comes you will get to meet her; please be quiet whilst I’m on

the phone.”

Robert took the card out of his wallet and dialled the number.

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