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At Her Majesty's Pleasure [Kindle Edition]

Robert Douglas
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the final instalment in his autobiographical trilogy, Robert Douglas takes us through the sixties and into the eighties with his memories of life as a prison officer, and, at the end of his career, as an electricity chargehand driving around the Yorkshire Dales. He tells us of his prison experiences, with anecdotes about many of the most famous criminals in British history -- the Krays, the Richardsons, the Great Train Robbers, Soviet spies and many more. Told in the same endearing and fascinating voice that readers of LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT TRAM and SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD first fell in love with, this volume continues the story of Robert's remarkable journey of self-education, introducing us to larger-than-life characters on both sides of the bars, and evoking a strong sense of social change as Britain emerged from the post-War gloom into the bright lights of the Beatles years.

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'Warm, energetic...punchy'

(The Sunday Times on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060827)

'A natural-born writer...pins down all-too-human characters in a sentence or two - and a number of times he made me laugh out loud. He also recaptures the late 1950s and early 1960s, rekindling memories for those of us who were there or thereabouts and bringing them alive for those who weren't...convincing and entertaining' (The Scotsman on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060819)

'It recreates stunningly clear memories of a Glasgow childhood . . . I laughed until the tears ran down my legs.'

(Daily Mail on NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM 20060819)

'A well-written slice of social history delivered directly by an eyewitness' (Independent on Sunday on NIGHT SONG 20060819)

'If Blake Morrison is the Radio 4 of family memoir, then Robert Douglas is definitely the Radio 2'

(Sunday Herald on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20061126)

'A grace and assurance that turn everyday episodes into the stuff of romance.' (Times Literary Supplement on NIGHT SONG 20061126)

'With the ending of NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM, Douglas left us longing to find out what happened to his 16-year-old self, so cruelly cast out into the world. Now, in SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD, Douglas continues his story, portraying a bright and clever boy who never got the opportunities he deserved, but was still determined to make his way in the world' (Publishing News on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060421)

'Exquisite' (The Sunday Times on NIGHT SONG 20060421)

'Night Song of the Last Tram was one of the most moving autobiographies ever penned by a Scottish writer...Somewhere to Lay my Head takes up where that left off...Once again demonstrating an outstanding gift for evoking the atmosphere and emotions of a time gone by, this wonderfully talented storyteller takes us on a journey that he started as a boy and ended as a man' (Daily Record on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060421)

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The third volume in Robert Douglas's remarkable life story picks up from the bestselling SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD and brings us up to the present day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 905 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340935308
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 May 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY9F2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Robert Douglas retired aged fifty-five in 1994. He intended to paint, write short stories and lie about the house watching old films. A one-off article he wrote about six weeks spent with a condemned man in Bristol prison led to him being told 'You should write'. Three volumes of autobiography followed detailing his life as a miner, dock worker, doss-house resident, soldier, prison screw and survivor. For this debut novel he returns to the lost Glasgow of trams and tenements.

He hasn't painted for years.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Her Majest,s Pleasure 6 Oct. 2007
It was a sheer pleasure to read the triolgy of Robert Douglas,s life, could not put the books down, just hope Robert lives to a hundred so we can have another chapter in his life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about an ordinary man 20 Jan. 2008
All three books were a joy to read. Easy to read and , as he and I are almost the same age, covering very familiar times. These books restore your faith in mankind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trilogy 29 Jan. 2009
I discovered and bought Robert Douglas's autobiographical trilogy (of which this is part 3) for my grandmother. The books have now been passed round all of her friends and thoroughly enjoyed. I doubt I have ever bought a better or more appreciated present. Fascinating story, engaging writer, especially of interest to people with a Glasgow background or link from WW2 onwards. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At her majesty's pleasure...fantastic book 3 April 2010
when I read Robert Douglas's first two books....night song of the last tram and somewhere to lay my head (both wonderful and compulsive) I was unsure about 'at her majesty's pleasure' I felt it was going to be 'a mans type of story', oh was I was brilliant. Robert Douglas is a fantastic writer, you are taken away into the story and feel very much a part of it. It is Robert's life and strife, good and bad, and very very interesting, especially on how he handled being in contact with so many notorious criminals, and how he dealt with his failing marriage. I recommend all of his books, there is so much to them. So many serious, interesting and funny bits. looking forward to more books by Robert Douglas, as I have read all four he has written.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great conclusion to Douglas's autobiography 6 Sept. 2009
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Robert Douglas brings us up to date with this final installment of his autobiography. This book, like his others, is easy to read, joyful and poignant, and gives an account of his life and loves in an open and unbiased way, all the while underpinned by his obvious continuing love and gratitude for his ma. Thank you, Robert and long may you continue.

Alan Giles
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good little read 9 July 2010
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This book is more a social history of life in prisons in the early 1960's, than a story. It is well written and very informative to anyone interested in pre politically correct era prison life (and death). The chapter covering the final weeks of a condemned prisoner is very educational (or morbid, depending on ones perspective), and thankfully the author does not moralise about the 'pros and cons' of the death penalty, he just tells it as it is and leaves the reader to come to their own conclusions. I would recommend this book to any person interested in crime and punishment.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice book 5 Sept. 2007
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As good as the two previous instalments, same style, a nice easy read.

Some good humour and some darker moments. If you haven't read the first two you could start with this one too.

So that'll be a Recommended, then. Thanks very much, pal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Trilogy 4 July 2011
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Having just finished this book I felt I had to let everyone know how great it was. In fact all three books were very nostalgic to me as I am the same age as the author and also born in Maryhill ther were so many things that took me back to my childhood and teen years I laughed a lot at his way of describing incedents but there were also tears at times too. I think the whole three books were TERRIFIC... Thanks ...

This is the first time I have felt so much about something I have read that I had to write a review.
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