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Moleskin Joe Paperback – 22 Sep 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; New edition edition (22 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841580376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841580371
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dating from 1923, this is the hard and gritty story of Moleskin Joe, a buck navvy who tramped the roads of Britain, looking for work.
A big, rough man, he fell for a woman, and ended up looking for her for most of his tough life.
"There's a good time coming, though we may never live to see it." That was Joe's motto, and that of many of his peers.
This is an uncompromising tale of the hard labour that men were often forced into.
While not as relentlessly grim as McGill's other works, "Children of the Dead End"(which is a minor classic) and "The Rat Pit", "Moleskin Joe" stands as yet another record of Britain in the early twentieth century.
An excellent book, and a pleasure to read.
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Moleskin Joe may be a rough and ready navvy but he has character, integrity and a heart of gold. His heart has also been touched by love. MacGill is an old fashioned writer, but his story of Moleskin Joe is heart warming and captivating. A great follow up to MacGill's debut novel Children of the Dead End. You may want to read that first.
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Enjoyable read comical sad historic real heart warming written in a mixture of Donegal and Highland slang. Just real enjoyable reading.
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Forgotten genius. Can only compare him to Robert Tressell
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