One of the things about Glasgow is that there is always a story to be told. The people, the places and the interaction that goes on in Glasgow means that there is a story for every part of the city. These stories can make you laugh or cry but they are always worth a read.
This is the thinking behind ‘Glasgow Underground & Nicotine’, a new collection of stories based in Glasgow.
If you are thinking that the title or indeed the cover feels familiar, you are likely to know all about the Velvet Underground. The debut album from the band acted as the initial inspiration for this collection, with every story taking a lead from a track on the album.
You don’t need to know anything about the band to read the book, there is no great Velvets influence on the actual stories, but the overlying theme provides the cohesive thought that binds the book together.
One of the stories available in the book has been reproduced below and with George Square decked out in its festive finery once again, what better chapter than George Square She Goes Again.
The opening story of the book, Sunday Mourning, revolves around someone coming to terms with the end of his clubbing days. I’m Hating On That Bam is the story of when neighbours have enough of their quiet life being ruined by a loud and noisy neighbour.
Farmfood’s Al is the story based on the cut and thrust of the Glasgow retail life and the boss that keeps things together. Venus In Firhill shows that love and superstition can prosper in a football stadium while Run Ron Run is all about how hard it can be to overcome the pastry treats and temptations in Glasgow.
All Jo Morrow’s Panties focus on the local tribulations of a young student from Castlemilk while Heroes Inn focuses on what a pub has to do to draw in punters in the current economic climate. You’ve had the chance to read George Square She Goes Again above and She’ll Be Your Mirror sees a mum worrying that her daughter will end up just like her. The Blane Valley Death Song shines a light on the karaoke culture that exists in the city centre and You’re No Peeing Son shows that not everyone is too happy to hear the Hampden Roar.
The Glasgow Underground & Nicotine is available at a low price for the rest of 2013 and can be found on Kindle and hard copy on Amazon.