Bought for my father, I skim read a few chapters, and one for the older generation.
It's a sequel, and like many books and music albums never matches the popularity or success of the first account. This is more an account of the stories that didn't make it into the first.
The Grocer's Boy Rides Again: Another Slice of His Life in 1960s Scotland and Beyond Paperback – 16 October 2020
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- Publisher : Extremis Publishing Ltd. (16 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 466 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1999696247
- ISBN-13 : 978-1999696245
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.39 x 19.81 cm
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About the Author
Robert Taylor Murray was born in Barry, near Carnoustie, in 1940. Growing up in Westhaven and later residing in Carnoustie itself, he attended Barry and Carnoustie Schools before becoming an apprentice grocer with William Low & Company Ltd. He qualified as a Member of The Grocers' Institute, and was appointed manager of William Low's Brantwood branch in Dundee, becoming the company's youngest ever manager at the age of 19. He later oversaw the Logie Street branch in Lochee. Robert went on to manage a larger third branch in Dundee and then, after attending further education management courses, discovered he was sufficiently qualified to successfully apply for a post as a lecturer in distributive trades subjects at Dundee Commercial College - a position he held for five years. Realising how much the retail trade was changing and feeling he was less in touch to reflect the current scene, he applied to join The Grocers' Institute and was appointed Training Development Officer for part of London and east England, where he advised companies and colleges on training in the retail grocery trade. After two years he returned to the Dundee area when he was appointed Training Officer for Watson & Philip, a national wholesale food distributor. He remained with that company for thirty-three years, during which time he was appointed Personnel Manager and eventually became Group Personnel Manager with responsibility for three thousand employees and, latterly, in the London area. Following a company acquisition he became redundant at the age of sixty-two. In retirement he has again been actively involved in amateur theatre. He is a member of Tay Writers - a Dundee based writing group - and Angus Writers' Circle, and writes short stories. He has written a stage presentation on the life of Robert Burns, The Spirit of Robbie Burns, which has been performed several times by amateurs in Tayside and beyond. He has two daughters, each married, and four grandchildren. When he is not writing, he enjoys travelling, hill walking and golfing. For more information about Robbie and his work, please visit his website at: www.robertmurrayauthor.co.uk.
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The less successful sequelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2020
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Informative,true, family story.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2020
A very easily read and interesting autobiography of the writer's early life as a teenager and his choice of working career in the grocery trade. Author writes with a sense of humour.
An interesting account of a baby boomer’s lifeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2020
I didn’t realise how important the grocery business is until I read this book but of course groceries as we have seen in this pandemic are of utmost importance and those working in the business are in fact front line workers keeping the nation fed.
A H PATON
Memorable and nostalgic.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 January 2021
Loved this book. Brought back many happy memories from growing up in this era.
An Inspirational and enjoyable read.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 February 2021
Robbie writes with candour, charm and humour, I would thoroughly recommend this eagerly awaited follow up to 'The Grocer's Boy'