Carol Craig subjects Glasgow's post-industrial image as 'Scotland with style' to a long-overdue and honest scrutiny. The city's motto rings out 'Let Glasgow Flourish' yet this book powerfully shows that many citizens languish as a result of mental ill-health, physical illness, deprivation, worklessness, gangs, drink and family breakdown.
The damaging effects of pronounced inequality and the corrosive dynamic which emerged within many families are exposed in powerful prose, backed by assiduous research and clear argument.
Essential reading for anyone concerned with Glasgow and Scotland and for those interested in healing a fractured society.
an exhilirating brew. . . stimulating, provocative and, yes, uncomfortable
a vital contribution to the debate about the causes of Glasgow's health and social problems
(a) thoughtful and important book
I was unprepared for the impact . . . a must read and a real tear jerker!
urgent, blistering, cerebral and passionate, her analysis is bleak but ultimately achieves an unlikely hope.
. . . presents as powerful and affecting an argument for radical social change as I've ever read
Alison Miller, Scottish Review of Books
It's strength is that it shatters myths but offers hope, giving it an increasingly rare intellectual integrity
Alex Wood, Times Educational Supplement Scotland
A wonderfully clear-headed account of the connections between wealth and health in Glasgow
Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald
This is an important book, a landmark in how we Scots understand who we are and how we got here
Kenny Farquharson, Scotland on Sunday
Powerful and moving. . . a brilliant book. . . it deserves a wide readership
Baroness Helena Kennedy
Let Glasgow flourish by telling the truth? - this book is a good start
Anne Johnstone, The Herald
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