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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For an hour the lads listened intently as Eleanor talked about the famous stars she had had the pleasure of interviewing. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Peter Sellers, Omar Sharif, Peter O’toole and Oliver Reed.

“Life is never boring for you then Eleanor; so why us?

“I thought it was a great human interest story and I liked the sound of it. I thought it would be a great adventure to get out in the field so to speak.”

“Australia is great in the summer too so how could I resist.”

“Your father is a lovely man and I find him very intelligent and charming; so tell me what it was like growing up in the red road?

Well Jim and I were always getting into scrapes with other gangs but in the main it was fun we played marbles and hide and seek in the burn. We used to camp out a lot and bake spuds on the fire wrapped in tin foil. Go out with turnip lanterns after we had spent hours scraping them out with a spoon then carving a wicked looking face on the front. The scrapings were roasted on the fire and eaten.

“Did you enjoy living so high up in a tower?

“Yes it was okay we all got on. It was like one large community; where we knocked on each others doors to borrow bread or a pan of soup.

The only draw back was the lift that was always out of order.” I think he just got sick of trying to repair it he gave up.” Mind you he was always down at Brodie’s the bookie’s; he would have his telly on loud went the G Gees were running.”

“We would shout up from the bottom of the tower for our mother and every mother came out onto the veranda to find out who it was.” My mother would drop money wrapped up in a slice of bread squashed into a ball so that Jim and I could go to the fish and chip shop.

“Would you say you were poor in those days then Robert?

“We never knew any other because everyone was the same so we considered it the norm.”

“You have both done well for yourselves though; you are a teacher are you not James and you a geologist Robert.”

“Yes I had to ring the school head and ask for a sabbatical.”

“Aye; me as well said Robert.”

So what will you do if find your Grandfathers fortune?

“I don’t really know I will answer that question if we do locate my Grandfathers gold.


The fight attendants came around with food for them so they pulled the tray down on the seat in front of them.

“Would you like tea or coffee the attendant called Christine Smith asked?

“Could we have coffee please?”

Christine poured out four coffees then left them sachets of sugar.

The meal was pretty basic but edible. Eleanor excused herself then went to use the bathroom where she reapplied a little lipstick after cleaning her teeth.

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