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Glasgow Boys

Margaret McDonald

A striking debut exploring the power of identity, community and the Scottish working class. This coming-of-age story is an incisive look at young masculinity and the way even the most fraught childhood is not without hope.

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Tenderness itself, a song to love and friendship.’ Andrew O’Hagan
‘Stunning. Hopeful, heartbreaking and ultimately joyful.’ Simon James Green
‘As if you are reading your own heart written upon the page.’ Non Pratt

Two boys can’t remember the last time they had a hug.

Meet Finlay. He’s studying for his nursing degree at Glasgow University, against all the odds. But coming straight from care means he has no support network.
How can he write essays, find paid work and NOT fall for the beautiful boy at uni, when he’s struggling to even feed himself?

Meet Banjo. He’s trying to settle in with his new foster family and finish high school. But he can’t forget all that has happened, and his anger and fear keep boiling over.
How can he hold on to the one good person in his life, when his outbursts keep threatening his already uncertain future?

Can Finlay and Banjo let go of the past before it drags them under?

Critic Reviews

A writer who possesses that rare ability to capture pining and tenderness, hope and loss, as if you are reading your own heart written upon the page.

Non Pratt, Author of Every Little Piece of My Heart

Margaret McDonald is a Scottish author from Glasgow. She is published in the disability-focused magazine Breath and Shadow as well as the prose and poetry magazines Bandit Fiction, Bubble Lit, In Parentheses, and The Manifest Station. Margaret worked for the NHS after shielding for a year, during which time she finished her Masters in English literature from Glasgow University with…

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