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Can You Come Back Next week

Can You Come Back Next week [Kindle Edition]

Samuel Reilly
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Often amusing, laugh out loud funny in parts, sometimes thought-provoking, and occasionally tear jerking, “Can You Come Back Next Week?” is an account of one young collector/salesman’s exploits and adventures selling goods on credit door to door in the poorer areas of Glasgow in the 50s and 60s. If you lived through those times, you will find memories galore in these words, and for those who did not, it proves an evocative glimpse into a time past, where a radiogram which loaded ten records at once was the height of luxury, to be paid for scrupulously week on week, even though your kids ran around in vests and bare bums. Set upon by a sword-wielding maniac, dangled from a twenty-first storey balcony, and being offered it “on a plate” in lieu of payment – life in the Credit Trade was certainly never dull!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DY1SAG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Samuel, or Sam as he is known to his friends and family was born in 1932 and lived in Dennistoun, Glasgow. He has been married to Joan for over 50 years and has 5 children, 10 grand children and 4 great grand children. His book was written in the late 1970's but it is only with the recent advent of ebooks that he has been able to realise his dream of sharing this work with the rest of the world.

His book "Can you come back next week?" was the first to be published online and this has been followed up with "I got Some in" and a more recent addition "Play Days, Childhood, and other Things".

Sam would like to thank his son Graham, and Daughters Julie and Pauline, for their help in getting the books published online. He hopes everyone enjoys reading the books as much as he has enjoyed writing them.

A community web site dedicated to Sam's old home town of Dennistoun have kindly published this article:

All of Sam's books are now available in both Kindle and Paperback editions.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of a Glasgow tally man 22 April 2011
By Fergie
Format:Kindle Edition
If you remember Glasgow in the 50's this is a must read. Although lighthearted in parts, it's a stark reminder of the hand to mouth poverty and of the religious intolerance that was always present in everyday life. Sam Reilly paints a vivid picture of one young "tally man" in the mean streets of post war Glasgow. Good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars book 5 Aug 2012
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not as i expected. i thought it was rather dull & boring - sorry.! i think i was going to read about some, maybe funny and real life stories..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can you come back next week 21 Jun 2012
By Annie B
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I love social history - which this does loosely fall into. Don't waste your money. I am sure there were lots of very interesting things that happened on this chaps watch while he was collecting - like a tally man in Glasgow. However he failed miserably to make me like him or his clients...just some old bloke wittering on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane 20 July 2013
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Loved this book from beginning to end. It's a good clean read and a trip down memory lane.
Would highly recommend this book to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review on goods. 18 May 2013
By scribe
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these items were satisfactoty except for the long bridge ,still trying to get through it.
its a bit on the heavy side
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can You Come Back Next Week? 28 Jun 2012
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Before almost everyone had a credit card (or three), there apparently existed an alternative for someone strapped for cash to get that new TV or "radiogram." (I wasn't familiar with the term radiogram. It was used in the UK to describe a small piece of furniture that combined a radio and a record player - not unlike a smaller version of the console stereos popular in the US in the 1950s.) If you couldn't buy that radiogram outright, there were companies (the author worked for several) that had door to door salesmen who would sell you many products on credit. After making the sale, the salesman would visit each week to collect your payment in person. If you kept up with your payments he would, of course, try to sell you something else as your initial debt was getting paid down.

I found Can You Come Back Next Week? to be an interesting look at a time and place that is foreign to me and a practice I didn't realize existed. Possibly this practice existed in the US at that time - door to door salesmen of various stripes were certainly much more prevalent -but if it did, it isn't something of which I was aware.

Imagine your grandfather (or even great-grandfather) sitting in the recliner telling you a series of stories about his work life forty or fifty years ago and you'll have a reasonable idea of what to expect from Can You Come Back Next Week? It has more polish than your grandfather's stories probably would and there is a good chance Reilly is a better storyteller. Reilly avoids going off on an unrelated tangent in the middle of a story, something Grandpa almost certainly would, but the chronology of everything that happened is going to be unclear, although not important to understanding.

I did have one problem with Can You Come Back Next Week?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read 5 Feb 2014
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Great read brings back many memories from my childhood. Times have changed so much from the fifties till present day
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 4 Feb 2014
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Excellent, Scottish humour at its best. brought back many memories previously told by older acquaintances, real belly laughs. great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by mrs n c blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but read The Real Gorbals Story next.
Quite a good insight into tally men and if you want a wonderful insight into such matters read Coln MacFarlane's trilogy... Read more
Published 22 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Absoloutley fan Dabby dosy as they say in glesga brill read from start to finish love it hope to read more by the author
Published 1 month ago by michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Published 7 months ago by jh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Another fantastic read couldn't put it down and didn't read it over two days ....a great story with characters I can relate to ...
Published 11 months ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Had me laughing and crying in equal measures. Brilliantly written book, which brings to life a generation we will never see again, the tenement lifestyle
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. L. R. Nagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant. In every way x
I loved this book. One of those reads where you do not want it too end. Could have quite easily read this again and Im sure that at some point in the next fews months I will vist... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs Deborah cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much enjoyed
I really enjoyed this read, funny, full of good stories about collecting money from credit customers & how some of them managed to "get off" paying!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by AnneS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
this was brilliant being of this era I remember my mother hiding when the "tally" man knocked the door on a Friday
Published 19 months ago by Helen Ringrose
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