So You Think You Know Me by Weaver, A. and Nellis, M. and McNeill, F.

By Weaver, A. and Nellis, M. and McNeill, F.

The autobiography of an ex-offender and twice-times inmate of Barlinnie legal, now a social paintings team-leader in his local Scotland. As a neighborhood not easy case, writer Allan Weaver took no prisoners. Neither does he during this compelling paintings within which he tells of a lifetime of violent episodes and chaotic formative years. academics, social employees and 'authority figures' by no means attempted 'to get to grasp him' to unearth the clues and triggers and notice what his offending was once all approximately. A common insurgent and a thorough, it's rarely amazing that through ignoring the genuine Allan Weaver this ended in an escalation of his violent actions, tensions among friends and family and doubtful associates.So you think that you recognize Me? is jam-packed with contradictions: the Allan Weaver all for mayhem and aggression isn't the one telling the tale from inside of his personal head: a regularly susceptible, delicate, articulate, definitely unswerving and even-handed person; wrong, misguide and silly probably yet principally trapped by way of an expanding have to dwell as much as his 'tough man' popularity. That there might be any tidy finishing to this image true-life account of authorized university, evaluation centres, care houses, borstal and Glasgow's infamous Barlinnie felony is kind of outstanding but Allan Weaver survived to procure a level from Strathclyde college and to paintings at the inside the legal Justice method with adolescents who, like he was once, are in difficulty with the legislations. The punches that he now throws are directed in the direction of the shortcomings of a method which he believes is failing to do all that it may possibly to show them clear of crime and anti-social behaviour as he explains during this heartfelt autobiography.Essential studying for somebody concerned with critical younger offenders, particularly these of a violent disposition.

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Although my maw, like the majority of working class women of that era, never socialised as such, she had one particular friend throughout the duration of my childhood.  Living only yards apart from each other, there was many a night that we would go to Margaret’s with my maw as a means of escaping the madness of our own lives with my da, only to be exposed to the same violent and abusive behaviour whenever her man, Donny, fell in the door drunk.  Standing quietly at my maw’s side amid the pandemonium, I would marvel at their bravery whilst being equally envious of them and their ability to protect their maw in such a manly way.

It’ll be okay tonight, Ellen, but you’ll have to leave first 42 So You Think You Know Me? thing in the morning … he’ll have calmed down by then,’ said one aunt in particular, in her diplomatic attempt to offload and reassure us; and so the humiliating and painful cycle continued. Police attitudes towards domestic violence in the 1970s were such that violence against women was not even really viewed as a criminal offence; rather it was accepted somewhat as a reality of life, an inevitability, and in this manner it was unquestioningly tolerated, rather than challenged.

Although apprehensive and unsure what to expect, I missed my maw so desperately and I was so eager to see her that I stormed into the ward ahead of them and as I saw a woman sitting up in bed with a horrible, massive, blackened, purple head I hurriedly ran past in search of my maw. However, looking behind me, I saw my sisters and brother stopping to talk to this woman and as I walked back slowly towards them, with horror I realised that it was my maw.  Oblivious to our trauma, the attending police officers would sit in the front of the van talking about football or some other irrelevant everyday matter as we huddled together, distressed, in the back of the van like criminals.

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