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Night Song of the Last Tram - A Glasgow Childhood
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If my father had been killed in North Africa or Italy during the Second World War, I know that for the rest of my life I would have looked at the few photographs of him and mourned our lost relationship. Unfortunately, he survived and came home.

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Now retired, Robert Douglas worked as a prison officer and an electricity chargehand. Although he has lived in Northumberland for many years, he says you can take the boy out of Glasgow, but you'll never take Glasgow out of the boy.

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'Exquisite ... a beautiful paean' -- Sunday Times 'His prose is direct, pacy, uncluttered ... engaging, deftly written and honestly remembered' -- Herald 'NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM is a simply written book and all the better for it ... It recreates stunningly clear memories of a Glasgow childhood ... At the age of 66, Robert Douglas has written his first book - I cannot believe it will be his last.' -- Daily Mail, Scotland 'A well-written slice of social history delivered directly by an eyewitness' -- Independent on Sunday 'It has been a while since a book has reduced me to both tears of laughter and sympathy, but Robert Douglas managed it with NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM.' -- Journal, Newcastle 'It is as a record of the old Glasgow spirit that this book is especially worthwhile.' -- Sunday Herald 20050410 'The portrait of his mother is beautifully done ... and her loss (through breast cancer) when he was still very young is heartbreaking: it brings tears to my eyes now just writing about it. Douglas has real skill in conveying experience and his use of the Glasgow vernacular lends an extra poetry to the writing. A quite exceptional autobiography.' -- Publishing News, Book of the Month, November 20050410 'Told with a direct, unsentimental honesty ... a vividness that makes them real. This is a remarkable, deeply moving autobiography.' -- Cumberland Times 20050410 'Wonderful ... vivid.' -- Stockport Express 20050316 'The descriptions of streets and smells and childhood feelings ... come from some little fire that's never gone out in Douglas' mind ... His prose is direct, pacy, uncluttered ... engaging, deftly written and honestly remembered.' -- Herald 20050316 Consider for instance "The Great Midden-raking Expedition", the sort of thing millions of Winnie-the-Pooh fans would be familiar with if Christopher Robin had been a Glaswegian ... NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM is a simply written book and all the better for it ... It recreates stunningly clear memories of a Glasgow childhood ... At the age of 66, Robert Douglas has written his first book - I cannot believe it will be his last. -- Daily Mail, Scotland 20050318 'A heartwarming, heartbreaking tale of a young boy's struggle to become a man.' -- Our Time, Cambridge 20050405 'Robert Douglas looks back to his Glasgow childhood and his experiences, the misery (and the laughter) pouring out on every page. The portrait of his mother is beautifully done ... and her loss (through breast cancer) when he was still very young is heartbreaking: it brings tears to my eyes now just writing about it. Douglas has real skill in conveying experience and his use of the Glasgow vernacular lends an extra poetry to the writing. A quite exceptional autobiography.' -- Publishing News, Book of the Month, Novembe 20050405 'One of the most moving autobiographies ever penned by a Scottish writer' -- Daily Record 20050405

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