Damian Barr grew up, gay and clever, in a rough neighbourhood in Glasgow, where being either counted against you. He has a love-hate relationship with Margaret Thatcher and draws strength from her iron will, despite the fact that her policies are undermining the stability in his childhood, for example by shutting down the steel mill where his father works and stopping the free milk for schools service.
I am so tired of stories of the triumph over adversity written with such a negative tone that, despite the positive ending, I feel depressed after I have finished the book. Damian does not do that in Maggie & Me: his writing shows him as an innately happy person who sees the humour in the darkest of situations and this is what has got him through a truly appalling childhood, his telling of which is thoroughly entertaining. I am a fan.
Title: Maggie & Me
Author: Damian Barr