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Saturday City

By Jan Webster

Kirsten was never one to be bothered by vague, behavioural reservations – unlike her best friend, Sandia.

Sandia has always struggled to come to terms with Kirsten’s freethinking, starting a campaign that would continue throughout their lives.

Sandia’s parents, Jack and Clemmie Kilgour, are shocked at Sandia’s antics. As the eldest, she was expected to set an example for her younger siblings.

Kirsten, adamant and head-strong, is progressively increasing her awareness of the hardships children face in Glasgow.

Tired of seeing the dampening of women’s rights, she approaches Duncan Fleming and his wife, Josie, with the intention of going into the political side of things to fight for women’s rights.

As Duncan Fleming goes deeper into politics, he has his wife’s full support and backing.

Soon Josie is directing Duncan and pushing him in the right direction, to the point she becomes the backbone of everything he achieves.

But life isn’t as rosy at it seems. Duncan and Kirsten fall in love and have a child.

A child neither of them can raise due to their political standing. Josie, ignoring her suspicions, continues to support Duncan.

As the years go by, Duncan and Josie’s daughter, Carlie, finds herself following in the footsteps of her parents.

Aware of the on goings between her father and Kirsten, she is wary of hurting her mother by becoming friendly with Kirsten.

But they share a similar drive for the women’s rights movements – it’s only natural they should become friends.

Sandia, having cared for her mother until her death, finds herself free at last. Eager to make a standing for herself, she sets up tea-rooms, with the help of the aging Mr Beltry, who later becomes her husband and leaves her a rich, childless widow…

As the intricacies and cross-family relations disperse and re-convene, the underlying political standpoint and campaigns drive natural relations apart. But love is stronger

Until the war forms an unbreakable wedge.

Jan Webster was bom in 1924 in Blantyre, in the heart of the Lanarkshire coalfields. Her father died when she was fifteen. She was educated at St John’s Grammar School, Hamilton, and Hamilton Academy. On leaving school she worked as a journalist in Glasgow and London. Jan Webster sold her first short story at the age of seventeen, and has had many published and broadcast since then.Saturday City is the second novel in a trilogy that begins with Colliers Row and ends with Beggar Man’s Country.

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