Chasin' that Carrot

Avril Dalziel Saunders   Chasin' that Carrot   242 pages.

It is 1969, James and Linda Alexander start married life with everything against them, she is pregnant, money is tight and they rent a pokey wee room and kitchen in  Glasgow's east-end with an outside toilet in the close which they share with two other families. The hardships and humour of ordinary folk living in Glasgow during this era come into their own in this book.

Things are difficult, work is scant in Glasgow and James and Linda have a toddler son with another one on the way, they decide to take the plunge and move down south to "Chase that Carrot" but it isn't an easy ride.
    
Work is plentiful and wages are good in the London area, but there are no houses for rent. James roughs it in a rented room and Linda stays on in Glasgow. Weeks before the birth, James finds an apartment in Weybridge, Linda bids a tearful farewell to her parents and joins her husband.
     
Homesick on New Years Eve, they set off for Glasgow.  Disaster strikes and they spend the night in a cell in Carlisle Police Station. Another time they attend a family wedding, but on the return journey they are involved in a nasty accident on the A74.
 
The young couple work hard , endure hardships, suffer injustice but feel their perseverance starting to pay off when they buy a house in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Their eyes are opened up by some of the "goings on" in their new street; things, they thought only happen in fiction films.

"Chasing that Carrot" sees characters move to the Woking/New Haw area. Familiar places in Addlestone and West Byfleet are mentioned along with St. Peter's Hospital. The family finally finish up settling in Kingston upon Thames. The story brings to attention the challenges that faced families with young children when they decided to up their roots for a better life.

The hardships and humour of Glasgow folk in this era come to their own in this book. 'Chasin that Carrot' is a sequel to 'What's For Ye Won't Go By Ye' ISBN 1-84667-013-6

ISBN: 978-1905809394    
Where to purchase: Chasin' that Carrot can be purchased over the counter from Waterstones, WHSmith and any good bookshops, if you don't see it on the shelf, ask and they will order it in for you. It is also for sale on Amazon and practically all other book websites worldwide.


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