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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“Well I had a go at coaching for a few years then went back to my old trade as a welder on the Clyde.

“Why?

“I couldn’t bear to watch the lads run out onto the pitch knowing I wouldn’t be joining them.”

“I see; you must have felt pretty bad about it.”

“Yes it took me a long time before I was able to live with the fact that I would never wear the shirt again.”

“This salad is delicious by the way and yes I understand why you felt like that.

Eleanor tried the wine then clinked her glass against his and said cheers.

So Eleanor you seem to have found out a lot about me but I know nothing about you.

“I’m sorry Robert if I seem intrusive; it’s the journalist in me.

“So you are a journalist?

“Yes, freelance but I mainly work for the Times Magazine.

“Have you been doing it long then?

“Since I graduated five years ago; it takes me around the world. This is the first weekend that I had had to myself in a long while.”

Robert refilled Eleanor’s glass when the main course arrived.

“Are you married?

“Oh no I did have a boyfriend but we drifted apart you know my work meant I was never in one place long enough. Simon got tired of waiting around, I found out he was seeing someone else from a colleague.”

“His loss then Eleanor did you love him?”

“Yes, he was an exciting guy to be around and everyone liked him. He is married now and has a daughter.

“Will you ever consider getting married?”

“One day I might settle down if the right man comes along she laughed embarrassingly.”

She pushed her plate to one side then picked up her wine.

“This wine is really nice isn’t it?

“Yes Robert knew he had touched a raw nerve and that Eleanor had been hurt by this man.

“I’m sorry Eleanor; I didn’t mean to pry into your private life.

It has taken me a while to come to terms with it but I am now moving on.

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