I have just finished reading this brilliant account of the history of Red Clydeside a hundred years ago. Its author, Maggie Craig, is more than a historian. While the work is well researched and includes a mass of documentary sources, she brings all the characters to life and treats them with sensitivity and humour. This reading experience is like opening a curtain on a bygone age. You laugh out loud at some episodes and are moved to tears by others. Most memorable is the memorial she pays to Keir Hardie. Maggie Craig gives those courageous, energetic and charismatic men and women who worked selflessly for a just society a deserving tribute.