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The Guinea Stamp A Tale of Modern Glasgow   By: (1859-1943)

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Annie S. Swan's novel, The Guinea Stamp: A Tale of Modern Glasgow, takes readers on a captivating journey through the rough and tumble streets of Glasgow. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the book delves into the lives of working-class families and their struggle to survive in a rapidly changing city.

One of the most striking aspects of Swan’s writing is her ability to immerse readers in the gritty and vibrant atmosphere of Glasgow. Through vivid descriptions, readers can almost taste the smoky air, feel the cobblestones beneath their feet, and hear the echoes of factory whistles. The author’s attention to detail paints a vivid picture of a city teeming with life, while also highlighting the stark inequalities that divide its inhabitants.

The character development in this novel is exceptional, with Swan skillfully bringing her diverse cast of characters to life. From the fiery young activist Rosa, to the kind-hearted but beaten-down Mrs. MacLurg, each character is so well-drawn that they leap off the page. The struggles, dreams, and triumphs of these characters are relatable, and their stories evoke a powerful emotional response from the reader.

Swan also touches upon various societal issues prevalent in the era, such as child labor, poverty, and the growing fight for workers' rights. The author uses these themes as a backdrop to explore the resilience and determination of her characters, as well as to shed light on the injustices they face on a daily basis. Through her storytelling, Swan not only captures the essence of life in Glasgow during this time period, but also offers a thought-provoking commentary on social issues that still resonate today.

The pace of the book is steady, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. While there are occasional moments where the narrative feels slightly predictable, Swan's writing style keeps the story fresh and compelling. Her ability to seamlessly intertwine different plotlines and perspectives is commendable, resulting in a cohesive and satisfying reading experience.

Overall, The Guinea Stamp: A Tale of Modern Glasgow is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the past. With its richly drawn characters, authentic setting, and exploration of societal issues, Annie S. Swan delivers a poignant and enjoyable read. Whether you are fascinated by historical fiction or simply appreciate a well-crafted story, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

First Page:

THE GUINEA STAMP

by

ANNIE S. SWAN

FIVE SHILLING SERIES.

THE GATES OF EDEN.

A Story of Endeavour. By ANNIE S. SWAN. Large crown 8vo, cloth, with Portrait of the Authoress.

BRIAR AND PALM.

A Study of Circumstance and Influence. By ANNIE S. SWAN. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra, Illustrated.

ONE FALSE STEP.

By ANDREW STEWART. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra, Illustrated.

NOEL CHETWYND'S FALL.

By Mrs. J. H. NEEDELL. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra, Illustrated.

SIR JOHN'S WARD.

By JANE H. JAMIESON. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra, Frontispiece.

ST. VEDA'S; or, The Pearl of Orr's Haven.

By ANNIE S. SWAN. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra, with Frontispiece by ROBERT M'GREGOR.

KILGARVIE.

By ROBINA F. HARDY. With Frontispiece by ROBERT M'GREGOR, R. S. A. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra.

MADELINE POWER.

By ARTHUR W. MARCHMONT. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra.

AFTER TOUCH OF WEDDED HANDS.

By HANNAH B. MACKENZIE. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra.

THE GUINEA STAMP.

A Tale of Modern Glasgow. By ANNIE S. SWAN. Large crown 8vo, cloth extra.

Edinburgh & London: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier.

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A Tale of Modern Glasgow

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