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> Night Song Of The Last Tram, Harry Forshaw
post 6th Apr 2008, 04:30pm
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I too, liked robert's 'somewhere to lay my head'...but not so much the last one in the trilogy..

He is my kind of writer..makes you laugh out loud....and makes you cry..or even just to get that lump in the of all he (unlike many writers of to-day) didnt need to put any money upfront to have his work published... it was his own style of writing that caught the publisher's eye.
H did say that in has last book that he would never do this...put money upfront.. either it was accepted ....or it was not...

lucky for him it was eh smile.gif
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post 8th Apr 2008, 01:08pm
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QUOTE (Scots Kiwi Lass @ 13th Feb 2008, 11:12 AM) *
Robert Douglas's first book was terrific, more so for my two sisters and myself as we grew up about 100 yards away from 14 Doncaster Street - at 43 Hinshaw Street. The teachers he named at Springbank and North Kelvinside Sec. School were all known to us, as were shopkeepers, streets, parks, neighbours, Blythswood Cinema, etc. etc. I wrote to Robert to congratulate him and he very kindly sent me several photos taken in the back courts.
Robert's book is a real treasure and I have just read it for the third time! Now on to "Somewhere to Lay my Head" for the second time. He also has a third book but I have not yet read it but am sure it will also be a cracker. Keep it up, Robert.

Scots kiwi lass...
well this goes to show what a down to earth guy robert must be..some dont even bother to answer you. you must have liked it a lot to read it is very rarely i myself would do this...about twice in my lifetime I would say..

Lets hope robert churns out more books eh? smile.gif
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*ian barr*
post 31st May 2008, 03:25pm
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QUOTE (aaron king @ 27th Mar 2006, 01:39 PM) *
i thought this may interest ,this is a painting by the author of the book,nightsong of the last tram,it was sent to me from jim mcdonald who was mentioned in the book,the painting is doncaster st,maryhill

I think the Barr vehicle is one of my grandad's coal lorries. Can you tell me more about the painting.
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post 15th Jul 2009, 08:49pm
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To Ian Barr,
I remember Barr the coal merchant and also Bobby Bell delivering to Hinshaw Street in the 50/60s.These guys were ofter accused(quite wrongly)by my granny of short weight or giving us bags of dross.On other occasions they were berated for failing to turn up on the right days.With regard to the lorry illustrated in that superb painting I think it is the Ginger lorry delivering to the wee shop at the bottom of Doncaster Street,Barrs Irn-Bru,Tizer et al.
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post 11th Jan 2010, 03:22pm
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I have read all three of Rob's books, and without a doubt, this first one is by far the best. It captures mid 20th Century Maryhill, perfectly, and it will become a Classic. His 2nd one, is a continuation of the first, so needs to be read, but not written with the same passion I feel. The third simply 'rounds off' his life story, and although fairly interesting, wasnt a patch on his 1st in the trilogy. It was a very bravely written tombe, warts and all.

He has got talent, and is a real gentleman.

If he's only ever known for 'Night Song' it would be enough for him, I'm sure - but lets hope it isnt 'the last tram' smile.gif

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*glasgow diaspora*
post 9th Dec 2010, 02:03pm
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I'm reading this book right now. I've just finished the Boy of the Garngad, by Allan Kelly which is an excellent read.

In case anyone is interested, the link is below.
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post 9th Dec 2010, 02:30pm
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Just began reading this last week. Finished reading Boy of the Garngad a few weeks ago and it is a tremendous read.

I think if you like the last tram, you'll like this one too.

Link below for anyone interested.
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