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Book Title: When the Clyde Ran Red|
The author of the book: Maggie Craig
ISBN 13: 9781845967352
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.87 MB
Edition: Mainstream Publishing
Date of issue: September 27th 2011
Read full description of the books When the Clyde Ran Red:When The Clyde Ran Red paints a vivid and entertaining picture of the heady days when revolution was in the air on Clydeside. United by the belief that an injury to one was an injury to all, these were the years when men and women throughout Glasgow, Clydebank, and beyond stood up to be counted. Through the bitter strike at the massive Singer sewing machine plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in George Square in 1919, the General Strike of 1926 and on to the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, they fought for the right to work, the dignity of labor, and a fairer society for everyone. They did so in a Glasgow where casual wealth and grinding poverty passed each other in the street, where overcrowded tenements stood no distance from elegant tearooms, art galleries, luxurious shops, glittering picture palaces, and dance halls. Red Clydeside was also home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Style and magnificent exhibitions showcasing the wonders of the age. Political idealism and artistic creativity were matched by enormous industrial endeavor. The Clyde built many of the greatest ships which ever sailed the seas, as locomotives from Glasgow pulled trains on every continent on Earth. When The Clyde Ran Red celebrates the fighting spirit of the Red Clydesiders and the energy, determination, achievements, and sheer lust for life of the people of Glasgow, Clydebank, and Clydeside.
Read information about the authorI'm a Scottish writer of fiction and non-fiction and love the beauty and the history of my native land. I've expressed my enthusiasm for the latter through non-fiction books. These include the definitive study of women's involvement in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, Damn' Rebel Bitches: The Women of the '45, described by one critic as a 'modern classic.' I later published its companion volume Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the '45 . My most recent non-fiction book is When the Clyde Ran Red, a social history of Red Clydeside.
My novels split into two genres. The first six are family sagas set in my native Glasgow from the 1920s to the 1940s. I prefer to describe them as love stories crossed with social history.
I'm now writing historical novels. I call them Romance Noir, very romantic but gritty too. The first of these is a tale of young love and old Edinburgh, One Sweet Moment, set in the 1820s. One reviewer described it as 'Romance with a capital R', which it most certainly is, although I've also been told that it's not for the faint-hearted. Life wasn't easy if you were a poor young woman back then and I felt the book had to reflect that. One Sweet Moment is also about Edinburgh and its Jekyll and Hyde nature, the parlours of the New Town and the underground vaults and oyster cellars of the Old Town, the visit of King George IV to the city in 1822 and the dramatic Great Fire of Edinburgh of 1824.
My second historical novel is Gathering Storm, a novel of Jacobite intrigue and romance, the first of a suite of novels featuring the same intertwining cast of characters finding their way through the moral dilemmas, drama and battles of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.
As a reader, I love to read novels which might be described as intelligent escapism. I also love romantic suspense, the sort of books where you wonder how on earth the hero and heroine are going to make it through to a happy ending. Among my favourite authors are Georgette Heyer, Dorothy L Sayers, Elizabeth Peters and Nora Roberts. I also read a lot of non-fiction, particularly historical. Favourite periods include 18th century and World War 2 Britain and I love to read about the forgotten women of history.
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