Chasin' That Carrot

It is 1969, James and Linda Alexander start married life with everything against them, she is pregnant. Money is tight, and they rent a pokey wee room and kitchen in  Glasgow's East-end with an outside toilet, in the close which they share with two other families. The hardships and humour of ordinary folk living in Glasgow during this era come into their own in this book.

Things are difficult, work is scant in Glasgow, James and Linda have a toddler son with another one on the way. They decide to take the plunge and move down south to ‘Chase that Carrot’ but it isn’t an easy ride.

Work is plentiful and wages are good in the London area, but there are no houses for rent. James roughs it in a rented room and Linda stays on in Glasgow. Weeks before the birth, James finds an apartment in Weybridge, Linda bids a tearful farewell to her parents and joins her husband.

Homesick on New Years Eve, they set off for Glasgow.  Disaster strikes and they spend the night in a cell in Carlisle Police Station. Another time they attend a family wedding, but on the return journey they are involved in a nasty accident on the A74. 

The young couple work hard , endure hardships, suffer injustice but feel their perseverance starting to pay off when they buy a house in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. Their eyes are opened up by some of the ‘goings on’ in their new street; things, they thought only happen in fiction films.

Chasin’ That Carrot (Sample)

Chapter One
by Avril Dalziel Saunders (follow up to 'What's For Ye. Won't Gp By Ye'

It was the evening of Saturday 11th October 1969, Linda, closed her eyes and took a deep breath; she felt secure as her new husband James stood behind her and wrapped his strong round her. He took the big knife, placed it in her right hand and firmly wrapped his hand over hers then to loud claps and cheers from family and guests, they cut the top tier of their wedding cake. She was brimming over with happiness as she turned her head to look up at James; she thought how tall and handsome he looked with his dark wavy hair and wide smile. It was strange to think that she was no longer a MacGregor but she was proud to be the wife of James Alexander....

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