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Somewhere To Lay My Head
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2007
A real joy to read again. The wonder of a cheeky child turning into a man to make his Mum proud. He is so compassionate and understanding and never moans about the rough deals he had in life. I loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2008
The second book by Robert Douglas is the second best - another cracking read but without the impact of his first book. In fact you really do need to read Night Song of the Last Tram before you read this as his references to his ma feature occasionally. Great dialect writing and the book does capture the feeling of Britain before motorways and at a time when there was a mining industry. His description of his time in the army and in in the mines is brilliant - I could really sense the period he was writing about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2009
I enjoyed this book which takes up where the first one left off. However, simply because Robert has now grown up is lacks something in the nostalgia department that was his Glasgow childhood and it didn't quite have that 'couldn't-put-down' quality. Still, I did enjoy it and went on to read the third book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2010
This is the second book in the trilogy and Robert Douglas's second masterpiece. I read 'Night song of the last tram' by chance from a recommendation. I certainly wouldn't have chosen it myself as mistakenly assumed from the title and cover that the book was all about trams and transport. Not my cup of tea. How wrong can you be! And look what I would have missed.
I was then hooked, following the memoir of his childhood with 'Somewhere to lay my head' - the story when he left Glasgow for Cosford Air Base, and I have just finished 'At Her Majesty's Pleasure.'
Robert Douglas has a simple, beautiful style of writing that makes the reader feel comfortable. I immediately think of the phrase, 'settling down with a good book.' His sense of humour comes through as well, as does his strong sense of injustice. I particularly like the detailed way he writes and learned so much about the workings of ordinary everyday life in the forces, down the coal mine and the dockside. And there's the prison service. Enlightening.
For someone whose early life was blighted by an unkind father, he bears no ill-will. That, I believe, is testament to the way he was loved and cherished by his caring mother.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2009
This is a wonderful tale of a period which I am so familiar with.The author was born in Glasgow 1938, I was born there two years previously 1936.I know the area his story unfolds in as these are places which are still very much part in my life. My National Service training two years before him was in the same army camp as he, at the same time of year.I have travelled much of his road but he has overcome much more adversity than I. I didnae know whether to laugh or cry.Somewhere to Lay My Head
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2010
After reading "night of the last tram " I knew i had to order the next two books of the Robert Doulgas trilogy . He has made me laugh and cry with all his books and i adore the clear and moving way in which he describes his life , Somewhere to lay my head continues where night song left off. Please ensure you read these books , i can ensure you'll love every word.These books are moving and i love the glasgow slang language that is so often used. The memoirs of your mothers death , sadly brings my own memories of my mothers death back too .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
loved this - the third of Robert Douglas's books I have read. They are so popular and are now being passed around various friends and family to let them enjoy!
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on 5 May 2014
i never really read books but if someone says this is good i will read it Robert was recommended
i have read Roberts 3 autobiography's and his 3 fiction books i have read all the books in the order they came out which i think helps i am from Edinburgh so i never thought a book about growing up in Glasgow would appeal but they are all excellent and would appeal to any body that grew up in Scotland or descends from Scotland i have bought some for people too as i think it a must read loved all 6 of his books i felt i was there in the story's i have cried and laughed till tears streamed down my face hope Robert is working on number 7
WELL DONE TO THIS WEE LADDIE FI GLASGOW YOUR MAMMY WOULD BE PROUD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2011
This was a really lovely book, very easy to read and accurate in so many ways. It brought me back to my childhood and the lovely people I have met along the way. The characters and sense of humour are spot on.
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on 24 June 2010
A very good read, a sequel to "Night Song of the Last tram" and an absolutely must for anyone who has read that first book - one just has to find out what happens to this bereaved boy, and anyone who has military connections will enjoy the nuances and jargon of that period in his life.

I enjoyed it so much that i ordered a copy from Amazon for my sister in the isle of man who had first introduced me to "Night Song" - and I couldn't put either one down.

I have since ordered and read the third book "At Her Majesty's Pleasure" - which is the third sequel and which ties together the whole set of stories very nicely.
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