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Elkay
post 2nd Oct 2007, 11:16am
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Finding Peggy by Meg Henderson, loved it to bits

It was my brothers and I childhood to a T, same schools, same hangouts, same people we knew that she talks about. What memories she brought back for us.

you have got to read it
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post 2nd Oct 2007, 01:46pm
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Elkay, would help if you told us where exactly you went to school??? smile.gif


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post 2nd Oct 2007, 02:11pm
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My brother bought my Mum a copy before she passed away, she did not get a chance to read, not really my type of reading but I think I may give it a try.

I have three other books here, The Holy City, Bloody Mary and Chasing Angels, have you read any of them? smile.gif
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post 2nd Oct 2007, 07:23pm
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murn, no, I haven't read any of said books, just wondered what part of Glasgow "Finding Peggy" was based. sad.gif Having difficulty getting into a book just now, I was such an avid reader.) Having said that I buy a book for future reading that I think will interest me.>>>just in case biggrin.gif


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post 2nd Oct 2007, 07:40pm
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just glancing at the book I think it was in the Blackhill district, am gonny post a wee picture here, shhh dont tell anyone wink.gif

Meg says,
“I came to professional writing late, having spent years working in the NHS and fostering and adopting kids, but I always wrote; as a child I thought everyone did. Then I began submitting the odd newspaper piece, and from there it grew. My first book, in 1994, was “Finding Peggy”, which was the result of a promise I’d made to myself when I was 11 and my Aunt Peggy died. I promised that one day I’d tell the story of her death and of the families I grew up in, I wanted to say ‘This is who they were, they had worth and what happened to them was wrong and unfair.

more into suspense myself but sounds worth a look smile.gif
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post 2nd Oct 2007, 08:11pm
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Aye murn, sounds interesting tae me, think I will be addin' to my unread books. murn, can ye believe that there wiz a time I widnae put a book doon until it was finished. rolleyes.gif


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post 2nd Oct 2007, 08:33pm
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I know exactly what yee mean used tae keep ma wee light on awe night then take my book tae the bathroom in work. Hated it (and luved it wub.gif ) when I finished a good book.
But drove me crazy when a didnae like the end mad.gif
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post 2nd Oct 2007, 08:43pm
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I read 'Finding Peggy' years ago and did not like it. The Title was misleading as it gave the impression Peggy was missing. I also thought the Author came over as very bitter in parts of her book.


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post 2nd Oct 2007, 08:49pm
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awe Heather I wis gettin awe excited about getting a good wee read, but thanks cause noo i'll no get my hopes up but will still start it and see how it goes. Got any sugestions?? wub.gif
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post 2nd Oct 2007, 09:14pm
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Stratson

Most of the book is set in the Blackhill Area, I didnt live Blackhill, but my Grannie lived a stones throw away in Robroyston Rd, Provanmill. I was born in Provanmill but moved away when I was 2. My grannie and aunty lived right next door to St Philomenas school which is the school Meg talks about and my brothers and cousins went there same time as she did. I spent all my weekends and school holidays at my grannies in Provanmill where my dad and uncles owned businesses. The book was very nostalgic for me as she talks of people and places and things that we knew and did as kids and who among us didnt have an "Aunty Peggy of sorts" mine was my Auntie Cathy, god bless her.

Make it the top of your unread book list and start it this weekend biggrin.gif

I read a couple of Megs other books but couldnt get into them as much as Finding Peggy.

Murn, it is a good wee read, but if you are expecting to read about someone looking for her Lost Aunty
(Honestly Heather!!) you WILL be dissapointed
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post 2nd Oct 2007, 11:19pm
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I read 'The Holy City' quite some time ago and really enjoyed it. It was set in Clydebank during the war.
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post 3rd Oct 2007, 06:21am
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Elkay, thank you for info re. "Finding Peggy". Have found stories relating to areas with which one is familiar, make for more interesting reading. However, will keep it in mind. smile.gif


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Heather
post 22nd Oct 2007, 09:11pm
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My niece came round tonight with a book her husband told me about, he said it was really good and very funny in parts.

Titanic Town. Memoirs of a Belfast Girlhood.

Written by Mary Costello


So I'm off to start reading it.


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post 29th May 2009, 02:16pm
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I read Finding Peggy a few years ago but couldn't remember much about it except that I knew I'd loved all the Meg Henderson books I'd read at that time.
Recently I have started re-ordering them and so far have read
Finding Peggy-a book which captures the age and the lowest socio-economic group of that time to a 'T' (it was autobiographical)
Chasing Angels Loved it
Bloody Mary Meg Henderson captures the essence of the people she writes about

I'm still waiting for The Holy City to arrive...3 months from the UK!
No, I wont say which bookseller NOT to buy from smile.gif


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