A J Morris

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Retired and looking for a new interest, like many of my generation, I started to research my family tree. I was saddened to find that Gartsherrie, a place that my mother had greatly loved, appeared to have been almost wiped from the pages of history.

With the demolition of Wm. Baird Iron & Steel Works and the flattening of the Rows to make way for new council housing the history of Gartsherrie and its people, during the years when it was so closely affiliated to Wm. Baird & Sons, appears to have simply vanished.

My best efforts on the internet turned up very little information. Even Gartsherrie Primary School and the Carnegie Library have now fallen into neglect and are up for sale.

THE LAWS OF GARTSHERRIE is my attempt to re-awaken memories of Gartsherrie and the hard working, decent people who lived out their lives within the Rows.

I’m currently working on a sequel to THE LAWS OF GARTSHERRIE as well as a companion novel, ESCAPE FROM GARTSHERRIE.

My second book, VOICES FROM THE CAPE is hot off the press and is a collection of short stories, all set in Cape Town. Each story is the voice of a person, or people, from the diverse communities who live within the truly wonderful Rainbow Nation of South Africa.


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My Publishers

My publishers McAlpine Media have been with me right from the early draft stage of my first book. Gary and Joanne McAlpine have been friends of my husband Paul and myself for many years. Not only do we admire them both for the professional way they research and carry out any project they take on, but they are both exceptionally kind and caring people. We also laugh a lot together - three Glaswegians and an Englishman - Paul doesn't stand a chance.

Throughout the entire process of preparing the books for the sales mediums of in paperback and on Kindle and iBooks, McAlpine Media have been incredibly supportive. My computer expertise begins and ends with using my iPad. The production of the finished book is due entirely to their efforts who worked their magic through formats, ISBN numbers, legal requirements, etc.etc. Without McAlpine Media there would be no books.