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Monday, 25 May 2015

Robert tops the bestsellers’ list

CORBRIDGE author Robert Douglas is dancing a Highland Fling after his second novel went to the top of the best-seller charts in Scotland.

For after just four weeks on the market, the first run of Staying on Past the Terminus has already sold out.

A second edition is now under way, in readiness for the Christmas market.

A delighted Robert said: “I was up in Glasgow doing a book signing in Waterstone’s in Sauchiehall Street when they told me all 5,000 hard-back copies had gone.

“The book is the number one-best seller in Scotland – no’ bad for a laddie who left school at 15 withoot an O-Level tae his name.”

Robert, who developed his writing skills with the Hexham branch of the Workers’ Educational Association, has found a niche market with his evocative memories of growing up in poverty in a Glasgow tenement.

His first three books _ Night Song of the Last Tram, Somewhere to Lay my Head and At Her Majesty’s Pleasure – were autobiographical, but the latest is the second of a triology based in Glasgow of the post-war years.

Robert said: “I may have left our single end in a Maryhill tenement well over 50 years ago, but my memories of those times seem to be striking a chord with many people.”