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Blue Above The Chimneys

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  700 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Paperback, 241 pages
Published January 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 1980)
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Teresa (Hamilton/Pepper) Rust
A wonderfully written autobiography of a young girl growing up in Glasgow from about 1943. I was reading one night in bed after my hubby was asleep, trying really hard not to wake him, and I came to the chapter about Chris going to the cinema with her sister and Mam and Da and I started laughing so hard I had to get out of bed and run into the bathroom where I could laugh without waking him. So funny.
Rabiya Javed
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book 2 or 4 years ago and I still remember so much about it. It was a great great book.
Although I don't cry or laugh while reading books or watching T.V., but this book brought me as close to sadness as I've ever been.
This was a very very good autobiographical work, really interesting and sad. It told me how life could change as you grow older and how you can always have something to smile at and cry about.
The landscapes and moments captured by Christine Marion Fraser are beautifu
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that follow the life of a character throughout their whole life so we can see how it went for them "later". This book did that beautifully. It's unpredictable as real life usually is and to see this young lady's grit, humor and determination was inspiring. Its a story that will stay with you for days and make you appreciate every little luxury that we as the modern reader take for granted.
Some funny stories mentioned in this book involve newspaper toilet paper "kites", caterpillars
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it would have helped to have read her autobiographical books in order, but I didn't. So here I am reading the first book last. But I'm very glad to have filled in all the missing pieces now. Reading a book about a childhood in the slums of Glasgow, with a harsh, drinking father, and a debilitating childhood illness, sounds very depressing! But it never was. In the least. Which says a lot for her attitude. She wrote 3 of these about her life, and I wish there were more. She wrote lots of ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of stories from home. I honestly didn't think I would enjoy this my 90yr old aunt gave it to me, as you know I'm normally a crime or horror kinda girl.
It was bloody lovely for a change and I actually want to read the next one 🤦🏼‍♀️ what's happened to me!!!
Nicole Marble
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing upnin post WWII Scotland. A treasure, especially when read in a lovely Scots accent.
Jenny Carr
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling, and down to earth about family life, poverty and sickness in Glasgow.
Judith Bolton
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A true story of pain and disability, overcome by a sense of humour. A vivid picture of life in the tenements of the Given district of Glasgow. The writer is a woman to be admired.
Mrs D
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read exptional story of family struggle and disability and bravery

Liked the story of love loss struggle and trying to enjoy life been disabled and caring for a family in morning

Mabel MacMillan
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the story

I was enjoying the story,but I was disappointed in the abrupt ending. Is there a sequel. I hope so as a lot seems to be left unsaid
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting biographical story. well written.
Dimity Hubbub
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this when I was about 8 or 9. It was one of my granny's books, probably the first memoir I ever read, and has stuck with me all my life - really nice to be able to read it again. ...more
Sister A M Jones
A great story

This book I couldn't put down! It really held me by It's simplicity and the felt that I knew the family personally!
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True story
Jackie Sykes
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good light read

Good read about a different time from history and the way life was lived by the working class and the difficulty faced by one family
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
An autobiography about Christine's life; both funny and sad. The mix of emotions was what I found captivating... If there really is a sequel to this I'm up for it, as it was quite intriguing that Christine was hopeful and carried on even after she was diagnosed. The only question is what was her disease - it never was mentioned! That's driving me crazy. Nonetheless, it was a good read. ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read this book to see if it was appropriate for my 11 year old daughter.....I think we'll wait another year or so.... ...more
Heather Roy
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Christine Marion Fraser was one of Scotland's best-selling authors, outselling even Catherine Cookson. She published 22 books in 18 years and was the author of the much-loved Rhanna series. Her formative years were spent in the post-war Govan district of Glasgow and went on to become a beacon of Scottish publishing. Christine spent her later life in Argyll with her husband and family. ...more

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