Now in his mid-eighties, Tom Carbery - OBE, KSG, and holder of the Lord Provost's Medal for Services to the City of Glasgow - has been telling stories for more than 70 years; here he selects fifty of his best, aiming to give rise to many a smile and chuckle, an occasional laugh, and even the odd tear. The tales reflect a journey from the Gorbals-Hutchesontown district of Glasgow, through the beginnings of a career in Local Government, almost five years serving in the R.A.F., entering the Civil Service with the Ministry of Labour, and then a move into Tertiary Education, where the author was fated to become a Senior Professor in the Business School of the University of Strathclyde. Along the way, there are insights into other areas of Tom Carbery's very active life - the inside workings of the Labour Movement, his contribution to the development of the University of Strathclyde, and appointments to quangos and other public bodies, including committees of both the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church.
'.. a stellar collection of short stories, character sketches, anecdotes and shrewd observations of Scottish life and character. Among the gems [is] the short story of a dishonest shop assistant which for my money is as good as any written by the French master of the short story form, Guy de Maupassant. I recommend it as an antidote to the blues whether in Tighnabruaich or elsewhere.' Stan Gilmore, Journal of the Institute of Counselling, September 2010. 'This book is a clear extension of the Scottish verbal storytelling tradition. It will raise a smile for some, and the blood pressure of others. The hidden treasures are the most poignant moments.' Beth Thomson, Scottish Catholic Observer, July 2010. 'A good title is always a winner. But nowadays fewer Glaswegians sail, as they once said, 'doon the watter' to Clyde resorts like Tighnabruaich on the scenic Kyles of Bute. They are more likely to be stranded in a Spanish airport where these tales might amusingly - if nostalgically - help pass the time!' Jim Craigen, Co-operative News, August 2010.
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 27th April 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19 x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.32