First edition, first printing. Publisher's original black cloth with yellow titles to the front and spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent very near fine copy, the binding square and tight, the cloth fresh. The contents with a previous owner's bookplate and shelf stamp to the front pastedown, with his ownership name and acquisition date in ink at the head of the title page, are otherwise clean throughout. Publisher's catalogue dated Spring 1934 at the rear. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper that remains without fading, loss or tears. Correctly priced 7/6 net to the spine. Scarce.
A significant novel of Glasgow in the Great Depression by the female Scottish born novelist and journalist whose work spanning 40 years focused primarily on class and gender issues. Written at a time when Scotland had one of the most vibrant unemployment movements, led by Harry McShane. In 1933 veteran communist McShane led the National Unemployment Workers' Movement in a march from Glasgow to Edinburgh. When the marchers reached Edinburgh they camped out for 3 days and it became known as the Scottish Hunger March. The author obviously having observed this march chose it as her subject for this novel. The events all take place in one day as the hunger marchers descend on the city.
Stock code: 19737