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Clydebuilt by Owen Gallagher

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‘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.

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