The warm, funny memoir of Gregor Fisher, the much loved Scottish actor best known for Rab C. Nesbitt, told as he uncovers his dramatic family history.
Growing up in the Glasgow suburbs, Gregor was 14 when he asked where he was christened and was told that he was adopted. But it wasn't quite that simple. And so began an unfolding of truths, half truths and polite cover-ups from his various families.
In 2014 Gregor approached Times columnist Melanie Reid to help him tell his story. Together they travelled through the mining villages of central Scotland to uncover the mystery of his birth and early life. What emerged was a story of secrets, deception, tragic accidents and early death, coldness and rejection from the very people who should have cherished him most, but a welcome from the most unexpected of quarters.
From the squalor of industrial Coatbridge after WWI to his own 1950s Glasgow childhood, via a love letter found in the wallet of a dead man and meeting his sister outside lost luggage at Glasgow Central, Gregor shares his family story with warmth and blunt Scottish humour.
©2015 Gregor Fisher (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Holding to the ground while the world keeps shifting!
I was really looking forward to hearing this and disappointed the authors didn't read it. Given subject matter it's understandable but would have been more meaningful to hear it from them - especially after the TV documentary.
Fascinating story which you have to really focus on and makes you realise how much he overcame. Recommended but oddly narrated.
I thought this book was not very well written or read. It was slow and repetitive with few interesting stories from his life. The main thread was his search for his birth family but even that was not very interesting. I think that was mainly due to the poor writing with lots of "needless to say Gregor bla bla bla..." Little did he know what was to come" etc. I don't think it was a good idea to have two narrators, one for the story(reading very slowly) and one as Gregor's voice (a woman! why?) I didn't find either voice engaging and found it irritating that it jumped from one narrator to the other throughout. Pretty dull life story and I wouldn't recommend it. I'm sure his life was probably more interesting than portrayed in this book but we will never know.
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