Clydebuilt by Owen Gallagher
‘Ah’ll show yoo anuther Glesca,’ announces Owen Gallagher in ‘Thi Unoffishal Toorist Guide Oootside Glesca Central’, not the ‘bleached version’ of history books and tourist brochures. Clydebuilt is a book about growing up in the Gorbals in the 1950s and 1960s – poverty, pawnshops and sectarianism, carbolic soap and lice, Saturday morning at the pictures, violent teachers, razor-gangs and blacklists. It’s a book about words – Glaswegian dialect, Latin and the Church’s ‘tabernacle of language’. And it’s a book about Red Clydeside, a city of dreamers, fighters, singers and rebels.