The much loved Scots actor Bill Paterson was brought up in those halcyon days of post-war Britain when a child could still play happily and safely in his own back green and the streets beyond. Now, in TALES FROM THE BACK GREEN he evokes his boyhood and youth in Glasgow's East End during the 1950s, full of intriguing characters and extraordinary events. Always eager to push the boundaries of what they were allowed to do, Bill and his mates construct a giant dust atomic bomb, try to hold their own World Cup tournament and play endlessly on wasteland thats now unrecognizable from the exciting jungle of his childhood. TALES FROM THE BACK GREEN is not only a brilliant realisation of a time and a place, but a classic memoir of childhood that will strike a chord with everyone who's ever played and dreamed with little thought of life when I grow up.
See this article in The Times (link below) with Bill speaking about his new book:
Paterson worked as an apprentice surveyor in the late 1960s, when the bulk of peripheral housing schemes were opening for business and the trench of the M8 was carving its way through Glasgow’s city centre. He was on the front line as the city of his boyhood was dug up and started over: “Nobody in their right mind would have argued that Glasgow didn’t need attending to, but the change was too great,” he says. “It must have been feasible to move people out of the tenements street by street, fix the buildings then move them back. But that was anathema in those Le Corbusier-inspired days. Even so, I would hate to sing hymns about the tenements. Glasgow has always survived precisely because it’s brutal.
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