Oh, guys, you know that I just can’t resist an #OrendaBook! And an #Orenda book written by a Scottish author..well you know that I’m not going to be able to turn my back on that one! So with a #TBR threatening to topple over, I was still DELIGHTED when Anne of Randomthingsthroughmyletterbox contacted me on behalf of #Orenda and asked me to be on the #BlogTour for David F Ross and #TheManWhoLovedIslands. I really didn’t have to think at all before I said YES!!!!
Thank you to David F Ross and Karen Sullivan of Orenda for the ARC.
What the blurb says:
In the early 80s, Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller were inseparable; childhood friends and fledgeling business associates. Now, both are depressed and lonely, and they haven’t spoken to each other in more than 10 years. A bizarre opportunity to honour the memory of someone close to both of them presents itself if only they can forgive and forget. With the help of the deluded Max Mojo and the faithful Hamish May, can they pull off the impossible, and reunite the legendary Ayrshire band, The Miraculous Vespas, for a one-off Music Festival—The Big Bang—on a remote, uninhabited Scottish island? Absurdly funny, deeply moving and utterly human, this is an unforgettable finale to the Disco Days trilogy—a modern classic pumped full of music and middle-aged madness, written from the heart and pen of one of Scotland’s finest new voices.
My only regret in reading this book is not having read the other two in the trilogy (#TheLastDaysofDisco and #TheRiseoftheMiraculousVespas) Rest assured that I am going to be remedying this as soon as possible!
Spanning the 1980s and the present, #TheManWhoLovedIslands captures the very essence of the 1980s, a disenfranchised youth, the impact of Thatcherism combined with the hedonism of Ibiza, a haven for liberalism and the clubbing scene. We follow Joey Miller and Bobby Cassidy across the years and each in their own personal hell. They haven’t spoken for over ten years now but a chance to pull off a unique memorial to a long-lost friend presents an opportunity to bring them back together.
I didn’t have the pleasure of growing up with Joey, Bobby, Hammy or Mad Max and the assortment of characters we are introduced to throughout the book yet I connected with them immediately – David has written these characters straight from the heart and as I am the same age as them, the reflections back to the 1980s were particularly poignant, emotional, hilarious and tear inducing! I felt myself reflecting back to the memories referred to in the book from Live Aid to the Falkland War and the return of shell-shocked soldiers to a country and government that threw them on the scrap heap. It was a time of fear, of excitement but also a time when we all thought we had the world at our feet ripe for the taking. #TheManWhoLovesIslands captures this perfectly and sums up the dark humour that tinged the weans from the schemes who grabbed every chance they could to get out and take their shot at life.
David has managed to capture the political unrest of the time; environmentalist issues and a dark but humorous social commentary all wrapped up in that famous Scottish gallows humour and backed by what has got to be one of the best 80s playlists out there!
This book evoked such intense emotions – I had a lump in my throat, tears in my eyes and a giggle in my belly – it had me #snorghling . It’s a tale of friendships lost and built, remorse and regrets; it’s a lament for lost youth, for dreams that flourished before they were rudely flushed down the pan; an indulgent hedonistic binge but at the same time a poignant reminder of a time, all of us #50somethings will remember, when we believed we had the whole world at our feet! The only thing that could have improved my experience of reading this is to have read the first two in the series!
David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964, and he lived in various part of the city until the late ‘70s. He subsequently moved to Kilmarnock, where he has lived since. He was educated at James Hamilton Academy until being politely asked to leave. (Expulsion is such a harsh word, isn’t it?) Following a frankly ludicrous early foray into sporadic employment (Undertakers, Ice Cream Parlour, Tennis Groundsman, DJ … he’ll save these stories until he knows you better), David found himself at Glasgow School of Art, studying architecture. In 1992, he graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. He is now the Design Director of one of Scotland’s largest, oldest and most successful practices, Keppie Design. (Funny old world, eh?)
David has worked all over the world and he led his practice strategy for projects in countries as diverse as China, Egypt, Malaysia, India and Libya. He is a designated business leader for East Ayrshire Council, a Board Mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark and he was design advisor to Strathclyde Passenger Transport for their modernisation programme of the Glasgow Subway in advance of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is married to Elaine and has two children, Nathan and Nadia, who have both signed legally binding agreements to house him in the best Old Folks Home his money can buy. He is a Chelsea fan – from long before the cash-rich days – and occasionally writes stream-of-consciousness rubbish for @ByTheMinChelsea and other @ByTheMinSport feeds on Twitter.
To buy #TheManWhoLovedIslands #DiscoDays then hop on over to Amazon and get clicking:
Infact while you are at it then just grab yourself the other two in the series…you know you want to!