Maggie and Me

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A&C Black, 2013 - Gay men - 245 pages
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It's 12 October 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. In small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He knows he, too, must survive.Damian, his sister and his Catholic mum move in with her sinister new boyfriend while his Protestant dad shacks up with the glamorous Mary the Canary. Divided by sectarian suspicion, the community is held together by the sprawling Ravenscraig Steelworks. But darkness threatens as Maggie takes hold: she snatches school milk, smashes the unions and makes greed good. Following Maggie's advice, Damian works hard and plans his escape. He discovers that stories can save your life and - in spite of violence, strikes, AIDS and Clause 28 - manages to fall in love dancing to Madonna in Glasgow's only gay club.Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty memoir about surviving Thatcher's Britain; a story of growing up gay in a straight world and coming out the other side in spite of, and maybe because of, the iron lady.
 

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User Review  - lesleynicol - LibraryThing

Heard this writer speak at the Sydney Writers Festival and couldn't wait to read his book. I am filled with admiration for the way he has made a success of his life in spite of a really cruel and ... Read full review

Maggie & Me: Coming Out and Coming of Age in 1980s Scotland

User Review  - Melissa Culbertson - Book Verdict

Set against the backdrop of Thatcher-era Scotland in a small industrial town, Barr's (Get It Together) childhood was not an easy one. Often the outsider, the target of bullies, the quintessential ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
17
Section 3
74
Section 4
103
Section 5
124
Section 6
161
Section 7
171
Section 8
185
Section 9
195
Section 10
241
Section 11
243
Section 12
246
Section 13
247
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About the author (2013)

Damian Barr has been a journalist for over ten years writing mostly for The Times but also the Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Evening Standard and Granta. He is the author of Get It Together: A Guide to Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis, featured on Richard & Judy, and has co-written two plays for BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Faculty at the School of Life and host of the infamous Literary Salon at Shoreditch House. Damian Barr was named Writer of the Year at the 2013 Stonewall Awards. He lives in Brighton.@Damian_Barr

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