Despite being snowed in today, I had the most excellent birthday.
A courier arrived with the first couple of copies of my forthcoming book. The first time, I’d seen a completed, finished version. Bowled over by the weight, thickness and quality of the cover and interior having changed publisher.
“Blantyre Glasgow Road South – The Real Story” is a massive 637 pages, over a fifth of a million words (four times the size of any other Blantyre book) and at 2″ thick, it contains 434 high resolution images, many of which have never been seen online. It reeks of quality and weighs ‘a tonne’!
You guys have seen a lot of what’s inside, here on this page, but many stories were held back purely to feature in the book, which explores EVERY building, EVERY business along the south side of Glasgow Road from Springwells to Dalton, from the 17th Century right up until the present day.
I was SUPER excited to see this epic book in its final format, the hard work and exclusive research of the last 14 months and particularly pleased with the formatting, smaller type and interesting layouts.
This is a book for “hardcore” history fans, telling the history of buildings, businesses and people in a detailed format, but still featuring many hundreds of your comments in a fun, and informative manner. Bonus features include QR codes, which when scanned with your phones, will take you to my hidden further videos online. Additionally, theres a full Glasgow Road Directory at the back of the book, painstakingly compiled by myself showing all owners of all buildings and businesses for all time.
The endeavour has exclusively, for the first time unravelled Glasgow Road’s history in full in a factual, accurate and deserving manner. It’s helped me understand about our main thoroughfare in a way I could only have dreamed. It’s the book I’m most proud of, worked the hardest on and enjoyed the challenge of working out what took place. Hopefully you’ll have fun reading all about it. It will take an age to read!
I’m now planning a dual-book launch evening, which will be tied also to the launch of the brand new Blantyre Telegraph quarterly glossy magazine. All proceeds go to Blantyre good causes. I retain nothing. The evening will be free for anybody wishing to attend with teas, coffees and cakes available during the presentation interval. More details on that in mid March. A launch date online will be announced shortly.
The next book, much smaller about one specific subject is also already written and being edited for release in late Spring. A sequel to this Glasgow Road book is also planned, covering the north side of the street, writing underway after Easter. 2018 is going to be a HUGE year for Blantyre Project.
As I said, an excellent birthday.
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