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 supports her through her confinement. She is forced to care for her baby 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 disastrous housekeeping positions which result in homelessness and other adventures. She recovers from these setbacks and finally settles down in Edinburgh.
Many years later her son traces his real father, with unbelievable results.
Published: 19 February 2015
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