Jack House - The Heart of Glasgow (2nd Hand Hardback)
Heart of Glasgow is still regarded as the quintessential book on Glasgow.
It stays strictly within the bounds of what has always been referred to as 'the City', that is the area resembling a cross and consisting of the High Street from as far north as the Cathedral down to Bridgegate on the Clyde with the east-west thoroughfare stretching across the High Street through the Trongate and down what was to become Argyle Street.
Here, and in the surrounding closes, courts, back lands, feus and glebes all human life was to be found. Jack House's seminal work is presented in the form of a tour ensuring that it will appeal to Glaswegians and visitors alike.
On it he introduces the reader to many places, some familiar, some not so, and sadly today, many now long gone. This all acts as a wonderful counterpoint to foreword writer Jack Maclean's Glasgow of today.
Since Jack House first wrote this book the city has changed dramatically but within the heart of it, change has been less obvious and the medieval layout of the city still remains. These are the streets that Jack takes the reader through in a book which is neither guide, nor formal history, but something in between the two. It is a journey every visitor to Glasgow should take.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - Scotland
- Published : 1965 (This Edition 2005 - NWP)
- ISBN : 9781903238851
- SKU : B002725
- PPC : SP600gm
- RRP : £15
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'A copy should be pressed into the hand of every Glasgwegian at birth.' Alan Taylor, - Sunday Herald.
'A work of love.' - Alex Benzie, The Herald.
'Jack House was certainly the journalist most famous for writing about Glasgow.' - Tom Shields, The Sunday Herald.
" . . . nary a dull page in 200. Reading it close to half a century after it was first published, I see that The Heart of Glasgow has acquired an extra dimension. It is not just a history of Glasgow but a historical document itself." - Scottish Review of Books.
John House, popularly known as Jack House, was a prolific and popular Scottish writer and broadcaster, with a significant attachment to the City of Glasgow.
Jack House came to be regarded as an authority on Glasgow, earning the nickname "Mr Glasgow". He wrote over seventy books, most of them with a Glasgow theme. His best selling work was Glasgow Old and New, published in 1965. He was happy to be described as a reporter, "reporting on what I see and hear and read about and remember". Memory was one of his greatest assets, as demonstrated on his frequent appearances on radio's Round Britain Quiz.
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