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No Mean Affair

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  4 ratings  ·  3 reviews
No Mean Affair tells the story of a Glasgow housewife’s journey from the poverty of the tenements to the centre of British political power in Westminster.

No Mean Affair combines historical facts and family rumour to intertwine her life with that of John Wheatley, an MP whom many Glaswegians revere as one of the 'Red Clydeside' heroes. It has elements of romance
Paperback, 269 pages
Published 2012 by Foxwell Press
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Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Glasgow, one hundred years ago ... William's lucky to have a job on the milk round, his wife's mourning the child they lost to the foul air and the general miserableness of their poverty.

Think "Scottish 'Angela's Ashes'".

But fortunately this isn't misery-lit ... Mary – our tiny, plucky proto-socialist – finds the determination to fight for a better world and, with William in the trenches, she comes to the attention of local leading man of the left, John Wheatley. Old John Wheatley,
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read which kept me intrigued from start to finish - it gripped me on an emotional level but also by a desire to learn more about the era (which I previously new little about). It's a love story, a political drama, an historical novel and a wonderful mix of fact and fiction. The story telling is excellent and I actually felt I was there sometimes. I could almost taste the tea and smell the Glasgow air. Mary Ireland is a fascinating female protagonist: head strong and passionate, flawe ...more
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anglophiles and lovers of historical fiction.
Shelves: historical, fiction
This is well-written historical fiction in which the author has a personal stake. There is photographic evidence as well as anecdotal accounts by his paternal grandmother that his father Ronny was the illegitimate son of John Wheatley, a prominant MP from Glasgow who, in 1924, served for a time as Health Minister in the Labour Government of Ramsay MacDonald. He was the first Labour Prime Minister, although his government stood only for 9 months. He was to return to office from 1929-1935, althoug ...more
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Robert Ronsson lives in the Severn Valley with his wife Valerie. They have three children and two grandchildren. Robert retired early from his career in financial services to start writing full-time. His interest in movies led him to 'create' a new genre called 'film fiction' only to discover that Jonathan Coe was there first.
Robert is on the organising team for the inaugural Independents Da
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