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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 7, 2011 - Fiction - 263 pages
Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder on the Glasgow yards. But as they closed one after another down the river, the search for work took him and his beloved wife Cathy to Australia, and back again, struggling for a living, longing for home. Thirty years later the yards are nearly all gone and Cathy is dead. And now Mick will have to find a new way to live: to get away, start again, and try to deal with the guilt he feels over her death. In his devastating new novel Ross Raisin brings vividly to life the story of an ordinary man caught between the loss of a great love and the hard edges of modern existence. Tracing Mick's journey from the Glasgow shipyards to the crowded, sweating kitchens of an airport hotel, to the streets and riversides of London, it is an intensely moving portrait of a life being lived all around us, and a story for our times.

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The day after I finished this book, by coincidence, I listened to a podcast about the reasons for the rich-poor life expectancy gap in the west Scotland/Glasgow area. Contrary to popular view, it's ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Ross Raisinwas born in Yorkshire in 1979, near Bradford and Ilkley. He studied English at King's College in London and worked for a time as co-manager of a wine bar. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmith's University in London before his debut novel, God's Own Country, was bought in a hotly-contested auction by Viking Penguin. It was published to great critical acclaim in 2008 and Ross was shortlisted for 8 separate awards for the book, winning the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2009. He lives in London.

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