"We'll Send Ye Tae the Mars" is the fascinating story of how it all happened and how the Mars helped thousands of boys find a new life away from the poverty and crime of nineteenth-century Dundee.
Signed copies of the book are available in Waterstone's (Dundee).
The first stranger to read the book, long before it had been seriously snagged for bloopers, I met, with a good pal of mine in the Phoenix bar in Dundee. She seemed genuinely interested in the project and I saw this as a chance to let someone read the manuscript who didn’t know me, and give an honest opinion.
Here is her reply -
“I am the stranger you met in the pub and gave a copy of your book to. I just finished it last night.
Wow! What a great read. You have written a fascinating, very readable and hugely entertaining history book.
It all fits together very well…
I certainly would love to read more about the boys and how the institution had to change as welfare and penal laws were passed and social conditions developed.
I can truly say that I loved reading this book. I agreed to do it out of solidarity towards another writer but in fact found the task really great fun and hugely stimulating. I am certainly all the better for reading it. So, thank you Gordon…”
“What a story! Gripped throughout. Very visual. Sequences of stories and chapters seems natural and effortless… a tribute to your research and intimacy with Mars. You have crafted a passionate story which has stirred that piece of history from sleep. There must be more!”
“Woke up at 3.30 and have just stopped reading the book cover to cover. Brilliant.”