The Real Gorbals Story: True Tales from Glasgow's Meanest Streets

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Colin MacFarlane was born in the Gorbals in the 1950s, 20 years after the publication of "No Mean City", the classic novel about pre-war life in what was once Glasgow's most deprived district. He lived in the same street as its fictional 'razor king', Johnnie Stark, and subsequently realised that a lot of the old characters represented in the book were still around as late as the 1960s. Men still wore bunnets and played pitch and toss; women still treated the steamie as their social club. The razor gangs were running amok ...

The Real Gorbals Story: True Tales from Glasgow's Meanest Streets 2007, Mainstream Publishing Company, Edinburgh, Scotland

ISBN-13: 9781845962074

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