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Shoes Were For Sunday [Kindle Edition]

Molly Weir
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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'Poverty is a very exacting teacher and I had been taught well'



The post-war urban jungle of the Glasgow tenements was the setting for Molly Weir's childhood. From sharing a pull-out bed in her mother's tiny kitchen to running in terror from the fever van, it was an upbringing that was cemented in hardship. Hunger, cold and sickness was an everyday reality and complaining was not an option.



Despite the crippling poverty, there was a vivacity to the tenements that kept spirits high. Whether Molly was brushing the hair of her wizened neighbour Mrs MacKay, running to Jimmy's chip shop for a ha'penny of crimps or dancing at the annual fair, there wasn't a moment to spare for self-pity. Molly never let it get her down as she and the other urchins knew how to make do with nothing.



And at the centre of her world was her fearsome but loving Grannie, whose tough, independent spirit taught Molly to rise above her pitiful surroundings and achieve her dreams.

About the Author

Molly Weir was born in 1910 and grew up in Glasgow. Best known for her role as the character Hazel McWitch in the BBC TV series Rentaghost, she appeared prolifically on TV, radio and in film. Shoes Were For Sunday received great acclaim when first published in 1970, and became a bestseller. She died in 2004, leaving the proceeds of her estate, including the royalties from sales of this book, to the poor and elderly of her beloved Springburn in Glasgow.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 29 April 2012
By Teach
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I first bought this book in hardback many years ago and loved it. I lent it to someone and didn't get it back, so I bought it in paperback, read it again, and loved it again. I have now bought it for my Kindle and it was like meeting an old friend, I loved it all over again, and can now hardly wait until all of her other books have been made for the Kindle. She writes with fluency and her descriptions of the people in the Glasgow tenements is so like I remember them, that I felt as if I knew them. A great read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing heartwarming book 28 April 2012
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This is an amazing heartwarming book about an every days familys life in post 1st world war Glasgow ! It really brings the tenement life alive and for me , the reader , it gave insight into a way of life I have never experienced ! Fantastic from cover to finish
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoes were for Sunday 24 Dec 2012
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For me this book brought many child memories, as I was brought up at the same time in Edinburgh, I remember going with mother to the steamy with our clothes, I remember twice a month going to the baths to have a bath with mother and my sister and the water being turn on outside by the bath lady, the cleanest go into the bath first,dirty last. So many wonderful moments this book brought back for me, it is one to read if it was part of your time, or if not something to read to find out what it was like then. I hope more of her books will come out on the kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shoes were for Sundays 30 Sep 2012
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A lovely read, couldn't put it down and very sorry when I got to the end. Can't add any more words to such a good book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic read 28 Jan 2013
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From the first page until the very last I couldn't put it down. Funny and yet very sad . I would recommend this book .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Jan 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. The Author went to great detail to describe how life was in 50`s Glasgow slums. A good read and I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about the hardships of latter years and how communities stuck together and overcome the most deprived of times as this Author so brilliantly depicts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shoes were for sunday 8 Nov 2012
By granny
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Mollie Weir at her best. brought back so many memories. So funny, i cried with laughter. I would recomend this book to anyone wanting a glimps into the not so distant past.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shoes were for Sunday 3 July 2012
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I enjoyed this book. it brought back some lovely memories of my childhood. I am not as old as Molly was but things didn't change so quickly in those days. Especially on a Scottish island where my grandparents lived.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
grate book
Published 25 days ago by Mrs. B. Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and shows real life in tenements in Glasgow.
Wonderful story of real life in the tenements of Glasgow. Molly captures the readers attention from page one. Super read
Published 1 month ago by Lena Russell-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Loved this book since reading it as a youngster. Molly brought growing up in the Glasgow tenements to life and brought back memories of when I was a young child growing up in a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars shoes were for sunday
ok but not very good Molly Weir the actress wrote it expected more perhaps I am too fussy in what I read
Published 2 months ago by dark horse
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not as good as i though
She goes on too much at times describing games she played that completely baffled me, good enough book but boring in parts.
Published 5 months ago by Miss Bossy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Overall I liked this book but found the Scottish phrases a little difficult to understand. Delivery was really quick which was great.
Published 6 months ago by shirley kilroe
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Thoroughly enjoyed this book could almost smell Glasgow as it was in the fifties, brought back a lot of memories from holidays there.
Published 6 months ago by Duchess
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the genre
Not over sentimental, loved the detail. Made me wish my nan was alive to compare tales. Great way to preserve history.
Published 6 months ago by K. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
Some of the speaking in the book is quite hard to understand, but found it didnt matter as its such a lovely real story to read
Published 7 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Shoes Were For Sunday
A brilliant book by Molly Weir written with warmth and humour but also highlighting the hard conditions at that time in the Glasgow tenements. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marlene Fleming
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