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, drugs 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. Blending history, politics, literature, sociology and psychology this important book changes forever the way we see the city. Essential reading for anyone concerned with Glasgow and Scotland and for those interested in healing a fractured society.
"An exhilarating brew...stimulating, provocotive and, yes, uncomfortable"
"A vital contribution to the debate about the causes of Glasgow's health and social problems"
"Urgent, blistering, cerebral and passionate, her analysis is bleak but ultimately achieves an unlikely hope"