Rosaleen Orr Up Roystonhill

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Up Roystonhill

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No-one can stay mad for long with Father Harry, the charismatic priest at Saint Jude's. His lifestyle may be unorthodox, but his good works in Mirkhill - an ancient and ruined district of Glasgow - more than compensate for his own occasional drunken binges, and uneven temper. Certainly, Mother Agnes of the Holy Child always sees his good side. She thinks him a kind of saint, a state to which she herself has always aspired. Agnes looks after rescued animals in the stables of the Convent and feeds the local tramps, among them Sky High, a former professor of poetry, now declined into alcohol and drugs. A true poet, he rejoices in the name bestowed upon him by the gang of down-and-outs who call themselves 'The Wanderers'. Gradually, but vividly, the strands and characters of the story are all revealed - with a mounting sense of unease. When a youngster is savagely attacked in a school art room, and left for dead, the shocking discovery of the incident by two cleaners leads to a series of deceptions which embroils the local community. Then a death at the Convent leads Mother Agnes and Detective Constable Frank Childers to the growing suspicion that a murderer walks among them.

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Rosaleen Orr, award winning artist and poet, studied Painting under David Donaldson, Mary Armour, and Joan Eardley, at Glasgow School of Art, where she won the William Hart Drawing Prize and the Guthrie Prize for portrait. She has had poems published in anthologies by Luath Press and, recently, by Kennedy & Boyd. She taught Art in two Convent Schools, and in the rough and tough East End of Glasgow. She was inspired by her pupils to write the poem 'Up Roystonhill', which won a joint first prize in the McCash Scots Poetry Competition, sponsored by Glasgow University and The Herald. This poem played its part in the writing of this, her first novel, of the same name.

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'... just how an artist should write prose, brushstroke by considered brushstroke watching as the whole picture emerges. Wonderful characters and what humour! And there is such underlying humanity in the story, a tenderness that is never sentimental, for the underdogs in society. Music, too, is never far away, be it the five part harmony of school cleaners or a fallen priest's store of old Irish hymns and ballads. This hugely visual story is told in a new and unique voice.' Alex Gray, crime novelist

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