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The wild childhood of a Glasgow tenement urchin

Born during the Second World War in Glasgow, Christine Fraser was her mother's eighth child. Growing up with her siblings in a tiny flat, learning to avoid her hardworking, hard-drinking one-eyed father, making a menace of herself in the streets along with the other urchins, Christine lived an impoverished life but never once cared. Until she was struck down by a terrible illness.

Suddenly, her wild days of childhood were over. A long spell in hospital completely changed her life. Now she found herself dependent on others for so many of her needs. And on top of that her mother and father died.

Yet Christine was always resourceful and never once looked down. She knew that always there, if you looked hard enough, was some blue up above the chimneys.

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Blue Above the Chimneys
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Blue above the chimneys (Biography)
May 1st, 2013
A delightful book written by an inspiring lady who left this mortal coil as a relatively young woman. Anybody wishing to know about life in Scotland during the 1940/1950s should read her Rhanna series of novels, and if still available her other two autobiographical tales. I enjoyed all her books and remain full of admiration for this lady who with fortitude and dignity despite all her considerable tribulations managed to entertain me over the fruitful years of her short life.
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