Scots actor Bill Paterson was brought up in those halcyon days of post-war Britain when a child could still play happily and safely in his own back green and the streets beyond. In this book, he evokes his boyhood and youth in Glasgow's East End during the 1950s, full of intriguing characters and extraordinary events
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Actor Bill Paterson's stories brilliantly evoke his 1950s Glasgow childhood - the nuclear threat, the fading dominance of the kirk, Rock and Roll, the disappearance of the beloved trams - and why penny whoppers were not worth tuppence. As a young surveyor, Paterson was witness to the dramatic transformation of the city as the austere tenements were swept away to make room for new roads and high rise blocks. He now wonders whether our memories change from grey to gold as the years pass - do we naturally recall our childhood as a time of optimism and hope?