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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After walking around in the terminal building looking in the duty free shops the call came for their departure so they made their way to gate number eight for flight M526 on board a Qantas jumbo 747 jumbo jet aircraft.

They showed their boarding passes then found their seats.

The fight would take some twenty nine hours stopping in Singapore to refuel.


The flight to Heathrow took one hour and 15mins.

They waited on the tarmac until the passengers boarded. Robert looked out for Eleanor Riley she boarded the plane last because she missed her taxi and had to order another.

She just made the gate in time or she would have had to wait until the next day to fly.

Robert introduced his two sons to Eleanor once she had stored away her hand luggage and fastened her safety belt. The two boys couldn’t keep their eyes off Eleanor who was wearing a red coloured mini skirt which showed off a lot of Eleanor’s long shapely legs.

Her black hair shone like the mane of a black horse and she wore a white blouse with flared sleeves she wasn’t wearing a bra both lads noticed as she was putting her hand luggage away; they saw her pert breasts underneath the blouse.

Once the flight took off Robert tried to fill her in on the story as Eleanor wrote short hand into a black note pad. 

Eleanor copied both of the riddles down then asked Robert if he had ever been to Australia before.

“No this is our first time; have you?”

“Yes; I was in Sydney last summer; I was covering “The Beatles” concert it was really good The Bee Gees, were supporting them.

“Did you manage to get their autographs asked James?

“Yes; we had dinner at Frisco’s after the concert where we ate fresh lobster and Lamb cutlets with an assortment of vegetables.

Did you get photos as well?

“Yes we did a couple of photo shoots for the magazine and I managed to get my photo taken with George Harrison and John Lennon. I also had one taken with me lying across the four of them on a long chair.” They we very funny and always up for a laugh; especially John, who was very witty.

“What about the Bee Gees?

“Barry was very charming; Maurice and Robin were very quiet in fact; I would say shy.” They could not look me in the eye when I interviewed them and only looked up occasionally.”

Robert Junior asked if she had ever interviewed Jimi Hendrix.

“Yes; I did him with his group; but to be honest he was stoned at the time.” He is one hell of a guitar player though.

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