The Other Side of the Clyde
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"Our cover picture Holiday traffic on its way to the coast, August 1960' may evoke nostalgia, interest, curiosity or speculation. Whatever the response, if it encourages close looking that is what Penny Marshall had in mind when she selected for Cars (0 356 l 1393 0) in her The Camera as witness series for Macdonald."
Is this the book of the cultural city of the year? How will it go down and who with? It describes itself as a collection of the voices of Glasgow, including poems by Douglas Dunn, Edwin Morgan, Liz Lochhead and stories of very varying lengths and subjects, Alasdair Gray among the writers. (Showing my ignorance: which of the others are known/unknown?) Different bits will appeal to very different readers: gritty short story; compressed, allusive poem... If you can interest them in bits they like, will they also sample the unfamiliar territory? The writers in some sense represent Glasgow but I can't see that having much significance to the readers. Unless they're Glaswegian. There's some splendid writing but I think you'll have to try hard to sell it.