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At Her Majesty's Pleasure


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The third volume in Robert Douglas's remarkable life story picks up from the bestselling SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD and brings us up to the present day.

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Now retired, Robert Douglas worked as a prison officer and an electricity chargehand. Although he has lived in Northumberland for many years, he says you can take the boy out of Glasgow, but you'll never take Glasgow out of the boy.


'You feel as if you are standing alongside him, scanning the prison wings for trouble' -- Glasgow Herald 'His straightforward prose makes the very ordinariness of a condemned man's final days and the speed at which the actual hanging takes place stick in the mind more effectively than any hand-wringing moralising would manage ... It's a life as lived, honestly told, and worth a shelf full of self-serving political and celebrity false fronts' -- Scotsman 'As emotional, funny and evocative as its predecessors, this will make you laugh, cry and buy copies for everyone youve ever known' -- Daily Record 'Warm, energetic...punchy' -- The Sunday Times on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060827 'Night Song of the Last Tram was one of the most moving autobiographies ever penned by a Scottish writer...Somewhere to Lay my Head takes up where that left off...Once again demonstrating an outstanding gift for evoking the atmosphere and emotions of a time gone by, this wonderfully talented storyteller takes us on a journey that he started as a boy and ended as a man' -- Daily Record on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060827 'It recreates stunningly clear memories of a Glasgow childhood...I laughed until the tears ran down my legs.' -- Daily Mail on NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM 20060827 'A natural-born writer...pins down all-too-human characters in a sentence or two - and a number of times he made me laugh out loud. He also recaptures the late 1950s and early 1960s, rekindling memories for those of us who were there or thereabouts and bringing them alive for those who weren't' -- The Scotsman on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060819 'A well-written slice of social history delivered directly by an eyewitness' -- Independent on Sunday on NIGHT SONG 20060819 'If Blake Morrison is the Radio 4 of family memoir, then Robert Douglas is definitely the Radio 2' -- Sunday Herald on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20061126 'A grace and assurance that turn everyday episodes into the stuff of romance.' -- Times Literary Supplement on NIGHT SONG 20061126 'With the ending of NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM, Douglas left us longing to find out what happened to his 16-year-old self, so cruelly cast out into the world. Now, in SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD, Douglas continues his story, portraying a bright and clever boy who never got the opportunities he deserved, but was still determined to make his way in the world' -- Publishing News on SOMEWHERE TO LAY MY HEAD 20060421 'Exquisite' -- The Sunday Times on NIGHT SONG 20060421

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