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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“They are not married then?

“No they are both career minded; Robert is a geologist and James teaches history. The waiter came to their table and Robert asked for two coffees and asked to see the menu.

“Would you care to join me for lunch?

“Why not it is not as if we are in a hurry is it; we have three hours to kill before we reach Kings Cross.”

“Robert took out his gold rimmed glasses and looked at the menu.

“The Dover sole looks nice; but I think I’m going to have the Steak and kidney pie with French beans and creamed potatoes.

“Yes that sounds nice Robert; I would like a Caesar salad with prawns as a starter what do you say?

“Great; would you like a glass of wine with that?

“Yes please.”

The waiter returned and asked if they were ready to order after placing their coffee’s down onto the table.

“Could we have two Caesar Salads; followed by the steak and kidney pie please.

“Would you like wine with your meal sir?

“Yes; I see you have a bottle of Sauvignon Chateau Latour 1952 we will try that.”

“Seems like you know your wines Robert, I’m impressed.”

“I got a taste for it when I played rugby.”

“Did you play professionally then?

“Yes until I got injured; we were playing Arbroath and I was running down the wing when I got flattened by John Dewar a big prop forward.  I heard my knee crack and the pain shot through my body.

Eleanor winced at the thought then took a sip of her coffee.

“So one tackle ended your career?

“Yes; mind you if an eighteen stone prop forward fell on you it would do you some damage.”

“I guess you’re right there.”

The starters arrived along with the bottle of wine. The waiter poured a little into Roberts glass for him to try.

He picked up the glass and swirled it in his hand then put it to his nose to smell the bouquet then took a sip.

“That is perfect thank you.”

The waiter then refilled his glass and then poured out a glass for Eleanor.

“Picking up a small fork Eleanor asked Robert what he did after he retired from rugby.

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