Dundee author Sandra Savage, whose books have been serialised in The Courier, signed copies of her latest book, The Green Years, at Waterstones in Dundee.
Over the last few months we have serialised Annie Pepper, Annie Melville, Annie Macpherson and The Pepper Girls, which follow a family’s progression through the earlier part of last century.
The Green Years moves the story into the modern era and features two 16-year-old girls from Fintry, Dundee, and their work as chocolate packers at Keiller’s in the city.
Sandra said: “The year is 1962 and Elvis is king of rock and roll and Maisie Green and Chrissie Dalton are ready to discover what the world, and particularly the boys in it, has to offer them.
“The idea for the book came from realising that the 1960s was the decade that changed everything for everyone, with Dundee being no exception.
“After the second world war, Dundee was a pretty grey place to live, much as it had been in Annie Pepper’s day, but then in the 1960s, new housing schemes were built that had baths and gardens, American companies came to Dundee and set up businesses here. There was Timex, NCR, Veeder-Root and Valentines to mention just a few, so work was plentiful and, of course, there was rock and roll and teenagers had money to spend.
“As one of those teenagers who lived through the 1960s, I had plenty of first-hand experience of what it was really like for Dundee’s young people. The book also came about through readers of the Annie Pepper books, suggesting that the 1960s in Dundee was a great place to be and it would make a great story.”