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Once Upon a Time in Glasgow: The City from the Earliest Times [Paperback]

John Watson
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28 April 2003
A history of the city of Glasgow from its earliest beginnings, presented in episodic format based on a series of articles first published in the "Evening Times" in the 1970s. The contents cover personalities such as Hawkie, who was one of the city's most famous street hawkers and without whom no public hanging would have been complete; Jamie Blue, who took the law into his own hands to defend the rights of Glasgow's citizens, and Blind Alick, who saw everything! Riots and civil disobedience feature strongly as these were sometimes the only ways for the mob to vent their frustration and anger at the city fathers. As well as personalities, there are places and events, disasters and fairs, body snatchers and religion, trams and pubs, royalty and ships, and markets and murders to mention but a few. In short, this is a comprehensive and entertaining insight into Glasgow, its people and its history.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; 1st Edition edition (28 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903238609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903238608
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The late John Watson was a writer and journalist who worked on Glasgow's Evening Times newspaper.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 28 Jan 2014
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This is a little gem of a book. i'm a Weegie but have learned loads. The author never fails to entertain while telling me about the characters and stories which make Glasgow such a warm, lively city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener. 25 July 2014
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A real eye-opener for anyone doing research on the subject City.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very poingant, and interesting 6 Sep 2013
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The book came on time, and is a very good read for Glaswegians and ex pats. Its really good and educational.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Time... 24 Sep 2011
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The marketing of this book is somewhat deceptive. It states that the "places and events....that have made this city what it is today". It is simply what appears to be search results of people and events from around 1300 to pre-1900 put together in categories like "Crime and Punishment". These are just a list of random storiea. They are a collection of articles for the Evening Times by the author. In my opinion, they do not give the reader a "feel and flavour" of the city. The stories tend to be written in a more poetic/romantic manner thereby loosing much historic referential value. For example, the story of The Glasgow Fair focuses more on its shift from quite to noisy and the whole history in the 20th century is recorded: "The call of the Clyde Coast became irresistible to Glaswegians and the era of mass exodus from the city during the Glasgow Fair Fortnight arrived to introduce the exotic pleasures of Rvothesay, Dunoon, and Ayr to succeeding generations of Glasgow's children." I am sure if you were raised in Glasgow and were having a cup of tea during the season of the old Glasgow Fair and were reading the Evening Times, it would be a very interesting story. The entire book is written in this manner and, while researched for the story, has little general research or historical value.
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