A Toast to Charlie Hanrahan

By Pat Anderson

Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


It is 1899 and John Donnelly is taking his family to live in Glasgow. His job as a farm labourer in County Derry does not pay enough now that they have another mouth to feed. Life in the Empire's Second City is going to take some getting used to: electric trams, smoke obscuring the sky and huge crowds everywhere you go. And then there are the houses, the worst slums in Europe. If that were not bad enough, they are not exactly made welcome in their adopted city. Bigotry against Irish Catholics is rife and the Orange Walk comes through Garngad every July to reinforce this. But life is not all bad; they have each other. They also have Celtic.



After graduating in History from Stirling University, Pat Anderson moved to Edinburgh, where he trained as a primary-school teacher. He worked in various schools in Glasgow and then at Whitecraig in East Lothian. He and his wife have one daughter and, earlier in 2016, became proud grandparents.



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