Good Vibrations: A Story of a Single 60s Mum

Good Vibrations: A Story of a Single 60s Mum

by Margaret C. Halliday


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Margaret Halliday's second book, Good Vibrations: A Story of a Single 60s Mum, tells the poignant tale of her harrowing and often hilarious experience of unmarried motherhood in pre-Abortion Act Scotland. Seventeen-year-old Margaret's Glaswegian romance results in unplanned pregnancy and heartbreak but she battles on overcoming all obstacles.Disowned by her parents, her sister, who lives near Inverness, supports her through her confinement. She is forced to look after her baby for ten days in hospital, developing a strong maternal bond, before he is fostered. As a result, his adoption is cancelled and mother and son are reunited just before Christmas, 1967. Margaret's determination to be independent leads her to accept two housekeeping positions in Edinburgh, both of which result in homelessness. She stays for a brief period in an unmarried mothers' home in Glasgow, after a disastrous attempt to become reconciled with her son's father, followed by a short stay in a place for destitute women in Edinburgh.She recovers from these setbacks, rents a flat in Edinburgh, gets a job, starts day release at college and finds another single mum to share with. Later she buys an apartment and lets out rooms to two other unwed mothers. When her son Sean is three years old she meets her future husband at college.At the age of forty-two Sean traces his real father with surprising results.

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ISBN-13: 9781544093048
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2017
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Margaret Halliday was born in England in 1949. She moved to Edinburgh, married, raised two children and qualified as a science teacher. After her marriage broke up in 1986 she went to lecture at Marmara University in Istanbul, undeterred by the onset of multiple sclerosis. Later she taught EFL in Budapest and Damascus, exploring their environs widely in her holidays.

She travelled alone, aged fifty, to India, fell in love with the country and returned for two more six-month trips. She kept diaries throughout and these evolved into 'Prana Soup - an Indian Odyssey', published 2013.

After her Indian adventures she became a 'WWOOFer' (a worldwide worker on organic farms) in New Zealand and later Scotland. She is now settled in Edinburgh, virtually travelling through her writing, although she still goes on the occasional trip. She published a second book, Good Vibrations, about her experience of single motherhood in the sixties (2015) and has written a third about her time as a WWOOFer: WWOOFing North and South, published 2016. She is now working on her first novel, The Belly Dancer, set in Istanbul, Turkey.

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