Long-listed for the Green Carnation Prize and
The Sunday Times' selection for Memoir of the
"This amazing book tells the story of an appalling childhood
with truth and clarity unsmudged by self-pity. It grips from
beginning to end.” — Diana Athill, Costa Book
Award–winning author of Somewhere Towards the
Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes
crossed with Billy Elliot, Maggie & Me is a unique, tender,
and witty memoir of surviving the tough streets of small town
Scotland during the Thatcher years.
October 12, 1984. An IRA bomb blows apart the Grand Hotel in
Brighton. Miraculously, Maggie Thatcher survives. In small-town
Scotland, eight-year-old Damian Barr watches in horror as his mum
rips her wedding ring off and packs their bags. He knows he, too,
Damian, his sister, and his Catholic mum 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 Maggie takes hold: she snatches school
milk, smashes the unions, and makes greed good. Following
Maggie’s advice, Damian works hard and plans his escape.
He discovers that stories can save your life and — in
spite of violence, strikes, AIDS, and Clause 28 — manages
to fall in love dancing to Madonna in Glasgow’s only gay
Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty
memoir about surviving Thatcher’s Britain; a story of
growing up gay in a straight world and coming out the other side in
spite of, and maybe because of, the iron lady.