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The Heart of Glasgow

The Heart of Glasgow [Kindle Edition]

Jack House
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Heart of Glasgow is still regarded as THE quintessential book on Glasgow. It stays strictly within the bounds of what has always been referred to as 'the City', that is the area resembling a cross and consisting of the High Street from as far north as the cathedral down to Bridgegate on the Clyde with the east-west thoroughfare stretching accross the High Street through the Trongate and down what was to become Argyle Street. Here, and in the surrounding closes, courts, backlands, feus and glebes all human life was to be found. Jack House's seminal work is presented in the form of a tour ensuring that it will appeal to Glaswegians and visitors alike. On it he introduces the reader to many places, some familiar, some not so, and sadly today, many now long gone. This all acts as a wonderful counterpoint to foreword writer Jack Maclean's Glasgow of today. Since Jack House first wrote this book the city has changed dramatically but within the heart of it, change has been less obvious and the medieval layout of the city still remains. These are the streets that Jack takes the reader through in a book which is neither guide, nor formal history, but something in between the two. It is a journey every visitor to Glasgow should take.

About the Author

Jack House was known as 'Mr Glasgow' and his face was familiar throughout the city. His knowledge of Glasgow knew no bounds. Heart of Glasgow remains his most authoritative work on the city. Jack House was born in Glasgow in 1906 and never wanted to live anywhere else. He left school at the age of 15 and was trained as a chartered accountant, but 'saw the light' in time to give up accountancy and become a newspaperman. He wrote for newspapers and the BBC from 1928. During the Second World War he served with the Gordon Highlanders before being transferred to the Army Kinematograph Service, because he had written a number of documentaty film scripts. Eventually he became scenario editor of the AKS with the rank of captain and worked alongside Peter Ustinov, Eric Ambler and other soldier-scriptwriters. He was a regular contributor to newspapers and television and wrote more than 30 books, mostly about his native city. He died in 1991.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; New edition edition (14 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00796E82Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Highly Recommended 8 July 2005
This is an informative and entertaining book on the love of Jack House's life - the city of Glasgow. The city's history is told in a very interesting way and with a great sense of humour, which will appeal to Glaswegians and 'outsiders' alike. The book is packed with facts and detail and so requires relatively slow reading but it is never dry. Anyone who genuinely loves Glasgow, or just wants to know more about this city of great character, could not do better than this. Jack House wrote around 70 books and the others will be worth searching out. He was an authority on the Madeline Smith case, which is described in his 'Square Mile of Murder' book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Glasgow 3 Jan 2010
Product just what we hoped for in terms of its coverage of Glasgow. It's been well received by it's recipient who remembers the author as a much respected journalist whose writings about the city were very poplular and eagerly anticiapated by fellow Glaswegians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart of Glasgow 19 Dec 2011
By darrel
a fantastic read. few people knew as much about Glasgow as Jack House.
written in an entertaining style. This is a must read for all glasweigens
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 25 Mar 2013
By JohnH
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As a Scot, i was fascinated to read and learn information all about a city i thought i knew. A wee gem all done in a conversational style as though he was relating the story directly to you over a single malt
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 29 Mar 2013
By Karen T
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A very entertaining book, by a good story teller. I wouldn't necessarily believe all the stories, but I have certainly enjoyed reading them. For those who know Glasgow well, this book is a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information and easy reading 20 Mar 2013
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Very good read for anyone who had connections with Glasgow in the 50 / 60
Filled in gaps in history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Glasgow 19 Mar 2013
By gordyb
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Coming from Glasgow I was extremely fascinated by the old stories and it grew from small suburbs to the city it is now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 28 Feb 2013
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Great read and coming from Glasgow I could really get in to the story ..
amazing read highly recommend it
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going.
Having been born in Paisley, moved to Glasgow then lived most of my 54 years in England I was curious about the history behind the city. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars A ramble down memory lane
I was born and bred in Glasgow and I loved reading about the city ,reliving memories and discovering new facts. I am very glad I bought the book
Published 8 months ago by Wally
3.0 out of 5 stars Fact or fable
Some of what is written, as with most stories dating back to the 17th and 18th century may, or may not be a work of fiction therefore it's up to you to decide if some of these... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Minimoo
2.0 out of 5 stars Glesca
Extremely boring, interested more in old buildings than Glasgow itself
The reason I chose it was to read about the city itself, characters etc.
Published 11 months ago by D. H. PRYDE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Conversational dialogue about the history of Glasgow. Too much emphasis on theatres & entertainment for my taste but it's a very minor gripe. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
I enjoyed this book but I should explain that I grew up near Glasgow in the 1920/30s and worked in Glasgow in the 1930s so it has a certain appeal for me. I would recommend it.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. H. Grainge
5.0 out of 5 stars Beating Heart of a Great City.
Took me back to the forties and fifties I walked the streets as Jack House so ably describes them though Glasgow was a bit bigger by then.
Published 17 months ago by Rossi
3.0 out of 5 stars Glasgow
Quite interesting but I found this book very repetative but would be of interest to anyone wishing to learn about old Glasgow.
Published 17 months ago by Rover
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