Maggie & Me Coming Out and Coming of Age in 1980s Scotland

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-04-08
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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On October 12, 1984, an IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England. Miraculously, Margaret Thatcher survives. Meanwhile, in small-town Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mother rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He knows he, too, must survive.

Damian, his sister, and his Catholic mother move in with her sinister new boyfriend, while his Protestant dad shacks up with the glamorous "Mary the Canary." Divided by sectarian suspicion, the community is held together by the sprawling Ravenscraig Steelworks. But darkness threatens as Thatcher takes hold: she snatches school milk, smashes the unions, and makes greed good. But Damian follows Maggie's advice, working hard and planning his escape. He discovers that stories can save your life, and-in spite of violence, strikes, and AIDS-manages to fall in love dancing to Madonna in Glasgow's only gay club.

Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty memoir about surviving Thatcher's Britain.It's about coming out the other side in spite of, and maybe because of, the Iron Lady.

Author Biography

Damian Barr has been a journalist for more ten years writing mostly for The Times (UK) but also the Independent, the Telegraph, Financial Times, the Guardian, and Granta. He is the author of Get It Together: A Guide to Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis, featured on Richard & Judy, and has cowritten two plays for BBC Radio 4. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and host of the infamous Shoreditch House Literary Salon. He lives in Brighton, England. Follow him on Twitter at @Damian_Barr.

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