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The Last Days of Disco Epub È Days of PDF ☆


The Last Days of Disco ☂ The Last Days of Disco PDF / Epub ✐ Author David F. Ross – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Irvine Welsh meets Roddy Doyle ein hinreißender Roman über das Aufwachsen in der schottischen Provinz in den 80er JahrenZwei Jungs in der schottischen Provinz in den Achtzigern Kein Plan keine Persp Irvine Welsh meets Roddy Doyle ein Days of PDF ☆ hinreißender Roman über das Aufwachsen in der The Last PDF \ schottischen Provinz in den er JahrenZwei Jungs in der schottischen Provinz in den Achtzigern Last Days of Epub µ Kein Plan keine Perspektive Was machen Wie wäre es mit einer mobilen Disco Gute Popmusik die gibt es Und die beiden kennen sich aus Also wird eine kleine Anlage geliehen und bald gibt es die ersten Geburtstagspartys Und das erste Geld Dumm nur dass die beiden eines nicht wissen Die Gegend wird von einem Partyveranstalter kontrolliert der keinen Spaß versteht wenn ihm jemand die Aufträge streitig macht.

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  • The Last Days of Disco
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  • 11 December 2016

About the Author: David F. Ross

David F Ross is a Scottish Days of PDF ☆ author best known for the Disco Days The Last PDF \ trilogy of novelsHe resides in Kilmarnock with his wife and their two children.



10 thoughts on “The Last Days of Disco

  1. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    I adore a good retro story – especially when it is set firmly in my era as a child of the 80’s for me this was funny sometimes sad always heart warming and I spent the entire reading experience in a daze of nostalgic innocenceThe Cassidy family are a delight Mr Ross managing to weave around them a tale that is at turns hilarious and tragic capturing the sense of the era perfectly – a homage to the music of the time embedded into the tale in a beautifully elegant way which gives the whole thing a depth and emotion that moves it beyond a simply family drama evoking an emotional response in the reader that will stay with you long after reading itSet as it is in the Thatcher era war looming with the Falklands a time I remember well although from a teenagers point of view we follow Bobby as he sets up his Disco venture attempting to rival that of “Fat Franny” – a marvel of a character who kind of grounded the story for me – the writing is witty ironic perfectly paced and will drag you into that place and time in very short order Gary’s story is compelling as we see him through army training and hovering over all this is the very real threat the Falklands war It is amazingly well drawn authentic and it is actually uite difficult to review in the sense that nothing I say can uite capture the ambience of itIt is a tale of conseuences with heart and soul a coming of age tale set in difficult times David Ross has written a terrific terrific story that will have you laughing out loud one moment and sobbing into your pillow the next Once I had gotten my head round the Scottish flavour of it all brilliantly real unsurprisingly there was no stopping me and I read it fast – the musical imagery at the core will have you putting your dancing shoes on I challenge anyone to read this book and not end up having a boogie – but the heart of it is emotionally resonant and absolutely unforgettableHighly Recommended Get your dancing shoes on

  2. Christine Christine says:

    I always love a story rooted in the 1980s I lived through the 1980s and they were brilliant In the novel we get a real sense of 1982 with Margaret Thatcher taking the country to war and mass unemployment Ross cleverly gives us wonderful music and lots of television and cultural references I defy anyone not to be humming ‘Shaking Stevens’ when reading this You willThis is a funny charming slightly crazy and intelligent tale of a working class family living in 1982 Kilmarnock Scotland The number of times I chuckled to myself whilst reading and then was moved by the sadness of the later chapters There is a lovely Scottish feel to the language As an English lass I feel that I can speak proper Scottish after reading this You can practically feel and taste the true authentic vibe of Kilmarnock in ‘The Last Days of Disco’ flowing through the languageWe get to know the Cassidy family; Bobby who is setting up his mobile disco ‘Heatwave’ Gary who joins the army the daughter Hettie and and their unhappily married Mum and Dad Ethel and Harry The story focuses on Bobby who has set up his mobile disco to rival the rather funny mobile disco gangster boss of the area Fat Franny I love Fat Franny I love his name Some of the scenes with Bobby and his best mate are excellent as they get up to all kinds of mischief And I was particularly interested in Gary and his army adventuresThis is a terrific read It is retro comic magic You get social commentary laughs and a genuine feeling of 1980s Scotland I loved it It will make you want to get out your 1980s music and relive the era Thanks to Liz and Orenda Books for my review copy

  3. Paul Paul says:

    The Last Days of Disco – The Decade Fashion Forgot But Music Loved‘When Heatwave gets goin’ ther’ll be nae middle o the road pish getting played That’s got tae be rule number one’‘Right Got it’ Said Bobby ‘Nae Christy Burgh Nae Goombay Dance Band Nae Flocks o’ Fuckin’ Seagulls’The Last Days of Disco set in 1982 with the background of the Falklands War Margaret Thatcher 3 million and Scotland at the World Cup unemployed Bobby Cassidy and best friend Joey Miller are about to leave school in Kilmarnock and launch themselves on to an unsuspecting world With ideas in their heads they decide they will launch themselves in to the world of the mobile disco playing various gigs and competing against Fat Franny and his gang to bring music to the massesWaking up after a lost weekend of drink and drink for his 18th and gaining a tattoo Bobby Cassidy wakes up in bed top n tailed with his visiting brother Gary Without any idea what has passed for the weekend that has gone he is planning for the future and comes up with the mobile disco plan to be named after The Jam’s The Heatwave they want to be at the cutting edge and also represent The Mods in disco formFrom the outset what makes this book so funny is the lack of planning and life events that gets in the way of them having a great time and their responses to it and you can just hear them saying it too even back then Even though they do end up out of pocket and one of their friends electrocutes and knocks himself out on the microphone at the first gig mere side shows to the laughs in the bookAt 18 Bobby is not very experienced with the ladies he is very much Like A Virgin and the description of Booby and his girl in the shed when he is on the vinegar strokes made me laugh out loud as we all have a story similar‘Bobby jerked as a blast of cold smoke came between his legs from the box Lizzie’s arse cheeks were slapping against the box flicking the switch of the Heatwave Disco dry ice canister machine on and off blowing smoke literally – up Bobby’s arsehole; not a totally unpleasant experience’When you read it all in context you cannot help but laugh and there are laughs throughout the book mixed with the heady tunes of the 1980s that had me walking 500 miles to go back in time Either Bobby or Joey wants to be a Smalltown Boy but they love doing the disco and watching people Dancing In the Dark We also discover that Gary has left home and is no Goody Two Shoes but has joined the Army and is in the Scots Guards which with the Falkland Conflict kicking off theirs is no House of Fun as they wait for news When the two army padres come calling they know the worst has happened at Tumbledown in the Falklands and the final breakup of Bobby’s family is about to take placeWe discover that Kilmarnock is not a Town Called Malice even if Fat Freddy attempts to run them out of town and spoils a gig at the Tory Club with the Milk Snatcher staring down at them What they do discover is that The Telephone Always Rings when you are popular and their fame goes before them as they become the undisputed kings of the discoAt the same time as being given laugh out loud moments we also get great moments of pathos and some really dark moments This is a warm evocative story which took me back to tunes I had forgotten and as such it took me longer to read as I set up an 80s playlist for background music to the time of Ra Ra skirts big hair and dynasty This may have struck a chord with me as I was a teen in the 80s but you can never take the music away and I am sorry I have dropped a few tunes from 82 in the review too In 1982 there were 3 million unemployed men died in the Falklands and the north and Scotland were irrelevant all we had left was the music and to keep us going we had Come on Eileen as the best selling hit of the year The Eurovision winner was Nicole with A Little Peace and Scotland got knocked out of the World CupThis is an excellent book well worth reading and the music will always bring a smile and a memory of the book and even in Bobby and Joey’s experiences we have all been there Last Days of Disco is the new Trainspotting brilliant writing and Irvine Welsh you have a new jock on the block and thank you David F Ross for a fantastic read and music set to go with itPS I am sorry to Karen at Orenda Books the publisher and David F Ross for filling your twitter time lines with all the 80s tunes – kidding not really

  4. Linda Boa Linda Boa says:

    This is one of these books I've had for ages and of course I've ended up kicking myself for not reading it earlier I'd like to give it a 5 but I couldn't possibly have it overtaking The Abrupt Physics Of Dying or Snowblind two other corkers from Orenda Books I think the only one I haven't got is the Louise Beech one Karen Sullivan can spot a uality book at 100 pacesI'm WAY behind on my reviews but I'll move heaven and earth to get one up ASAP Meanwhile buy this book Ostensibly it's about two boys who start a mobile disco service for a wee earner but it's really about a working class Kilmarnock family One page you'll be laughing the next crying Scots especially will enjoy the patter but don't worry the slang isn't intimidating Dive in you'll love itHighly recommended

  5. BookwormDH BookwormDH says:

    A cracking debut Extremely funny but with an amazing storyline to accompany it Heart warming sad but very warming 80's discos eh I can't recommend it enough

  6. Sandra Foy Sandra Foy says:

    This is a story about working class life in the early 80s set in South West Scotland Bobby Cassidy and his friend Joey are fresh out of school with heads full of magic They set up ‘Heatwave’ a mobile disco Unfortunately they find themselves in competition with local gangster the magnificent ‘Fat Franny’ Their adventures are hilarious but life is not straightforward for most of the characters as it wasn’t for most people at that time With Thatcher constantly buzzing in the background like an unwanted wasp for one reason or another unemployment the Falklands; it takes you right back to that era with an authenticity that is rare to findThere is a mad cast of characters starting with the wonderful Cassidy family; Bobby taking centre stage lives with his mum dad and sister HarryI loved him and Ethel’s marriage is in disarray but they plod on sister Hettie is about to sit her exams Brother Gary has gone south to join the army just as the spectre of the Falklands rears its ugly head Gary’s story is bathed in pathosThen there is the aforementioned ‘Fat Franny’ a superb creation Hairy Doug Hamish May amongst many others Even the minor characters have a lot to give to this story and I can’t think of one who wouldn’t be able to hold a book of their own that’s how well drawn they areThe descriptions of people are delivered in detail and are freuently hilarious Jimmy Stevenson van driver – “He appeared to be in some degree of proportion from the rear but from the side and front he looked pregnant A mass of belly cantilevered precariously over the belt of his flared Farah slacks The flares themselves partially concealed brown shoes that resembled the meat pasties sold in greggs bakeryHis most defining characteristic was his hair – part Charlton sweepover part Oliver Cromwell bell shaped bob” I defy you to be able to picture that man and not laughThis book took me right back to my youth the music that runs like a golden thread through the story is perfect and I was downloading as I read The dialogue is local and takes a short while to get used to but once you are you don’t want it to stop I found myself thinking in the Kilmarnock vernacularThis is such an emotional read one minute you’re crying tears of laughter and the next tears of sorrow If you want to know what working class life was like in early 80s Britain forget academic books read thisI really didn’t want this book to finish and the only thing that has consoled me is spotting in the acknowledgements that Joey Miller will be back Can’t waitMany thanks to karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy

  7. Steve Steve says:

    Loved this book and have finally got a review up on my blog

  8. Tony Tony says:

    Powerful things dreams David F Ross’ The Last Days of Disco is bookended by two – the teenage fantasy of Bobby Cassidy racing around Monaco and the disturbed nightmares suffered by older brother Gary following his time in the Falklands Waruite the juxtaposition but then an awful lot happens between the two points as we follow the lives and dreams of the Cassidy boys in early 80s Kilmarnock Bobby – don’t ask to see his tattoos – and his best mate Joey Miller aim at avoiding the dole school and the army by setting themselves up as the new kings of the mobile disco scene becoming caught up in conflict with the local party entertainment mafia kingpin Gary meanwhile pursues a career in the Army in an attempt to make his father proud eventually being caught up in the Falklands ConflictAlong with plenty of references to ‘proper’ music Ross evokes a vivid portrait of urban blight under Thatcher rule a family of seven soon to be eight “all living in a three bedroomed mid block council flat the only flat in a block of six that didn’t have the windows boarded up” interspersed with transcripts from TV interviews and newspaper reports for increased contextBut context is really all that such ‘grey’ is for as this is no sad sack misery guts woe is life under the Tory Battle Axe read Far from itThe Last Days of Disco is a thoroughly enjoyable uplifting and bloody hilarious book that’s shot through with a clear and knowledgeable devotion to music “the beauty and power of the 45rpm” as the PR summary so succinctly puts it and a wicked wicked sense of humourI come close to choking on my coffee when Hamish picked up the microphone to speak only for “a bang A blue flash A high pitched shriek And then the still unamplified but now perfectly audible ‘Ah Ya fuckin’ bastart hoor ye’” Not to mention his abduction at urinal point seriously; poor Hamish comes in for such a drumming I did start to wonder if the author had something against him at times Nor to mention the laughs I had imagining Mr King’s repeated rants of barely repressed anger at each play of Shakin’ Stevens “Ah’m fuckin’ agreein‘ wi’ him an’ he calls me “a cheeky wee cunt”'”Throughout Ross demonstrates a real skill when it comes to rendering situations life like be it the brilliantly funny first encounter with Hairy Doug and the disarray he and his ‘python’ live in to the disturbing nightmares that haunt Gary following his experience in the Falklands – he saw the crudely shaped limbs of what appeared to be tailors’ dummies sticking out of the marshes and the mud as he advanced – bayonet out – towards themAs he got to them they weren’t manneuins but real people; kids barely out of their teens just like him crying for their mums It was Gary’s job to silence them As he stabbed at them they didn’t just fall and die like they did in The Longest Day They grabbed desperately at the blade it took ten thrusts to silence the desperate screams of the third All of them were so close to Gary he could feel their hot breath on his faceA real talent with words is at work in these pagesLocation is a key character in many a novel and The Last Days of Disco is no exception Small town life in Ayrshire is wonderfully described with dialogue delivered in Kilmarnock vernacular adding to both sense of place and the general hilarity “Ah’m Franny fuckin’ Duncan Noo whit dae ye want Ah’m in ma fuckin’ scratcher'”The main story arc is beautifully bolstered by a strong cast of supporting characters From dubious party entertainers making phallic balloon animals and hapless van drivers to local gangsters Fat Franny Duncan is one of those woefully unaware self styled master villains so comedically inept as to almost warrant his own novel each with any number of laugh out loud momentsSeemingly minor plot lines intersperse into one and eventually meet that of the main in a thoroughly unexpected and compelling way with Ross deftly blending together the build up of conflict in the Falklands with that of the Ayrshire mobile disco sceneIn all honesty I did not expect a novel that started out with young Bobby Cassidy dreaming of Sally McLoy’s “tits jiggling away like jellies in an earthuake” to slowly and surely become such a multi layered social political commentary with so many plot twists and turns nor for it to do so with such skill and depth but bugger me if that’s not what it didIn his first novel David F Ross has given us a heady blend of social realism tragedy humour and Paul Weller There’s not a dull moment in these pages and I wholeheartedly recommend getting your hands on a copy pronto

  9. Jackie Law Jackie Law says:

    The Last Days of Disco by David F Ross is a nostalgic romp through a town in working class Scotland in 1982 Margaret Thatcher is in power and unemployment is high but for the small time crooks the long time residents and the emerging youth life remains largely introverted Fashion sense may have lost its way but in the pubs and clubs around which local society revolves family friends and music reign supremeThe protagonists of this tale are Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller; best mates about to finish school and with little idea what to do with their lives They decide to try their hands as mobile DJs thereby invoking the wrath of a local mobster Fat Franny Duncan who sees their endeavour as a threat to his own tiny empire A motley crew of characters are drawn in to the turf wars that develop each adding humour and pathos to the plotThe comedy is schoolboy level with much being made of cock size farts and the titillation created by female body parts All of this is in keeping with the timesThe pathos is thought provoking Bobby’s brother Gary has recently joined the army and is called to serve in the Falkland’s conflict bringing home the reality of war Decades old family secrets bubble to the surface The young people may dream but few have managed to move on from the lives expected of themThe author has created a big hearted story which pulls no punches in the evocation of the times The soundtrack keeps it upbeat as do the descriptions of clothes place and attitudes; we really did dress like that Despite many of the characters shortcomings it is hard not to wish them wellI read the book in a day the narrative bringing back memories a realisation of what is lost and how far we have come I will dig out my vinyls and re listen to those songs The hairstyles and outfits are best forgottenMy copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher Orenda Books

  10. Melinda Melinda says:

    Visit The Discerning Reader for reviews giveawaysThis book was not to my taste but I cannot deny the authors talent This was too coarse and masculine for my liking nonetheless it is a masterpiece in its own right The setting is brilliant The Falklands War is highlighted along with government excerpts dispersed throughout This really gives you a sense of the time and tension of country and people Politics pepper the narrative just enough to add as opposed to take away from the overall plot and players Another strength I felt immersed in Kilmarnock the dialogue the slang the people The area felt too familiar which isn't a surprise since Ross is than familiar with the area he manages to pull the reader into this colorful hamlet At times the accent was a challenge to read however it made the reading experience totally authentic The characters are a motley bunch There are numerous players a few stronger than others some bit players with a known presence as the story unfolds you become familiar with their roles and each one fits into the narrative with great surprise Ross captures the Cassidy family perfectly Each member is sketched with great emotional detail There are a few moments displaying such feeling and emotional clarity you will be moved The family endures much yet despite their many fractures and dysfunctionality they pull together The music references will jar your memory to the sounds of the 80's The 80's vibe is clearly felt lots of nostalgia claiming your memories Despite this not being my cup of tea it is well crafted and uite a showpiece I look forward to from Ross his gift cannot be denied Stirring debut

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10 thoughts on “The Last Days of Disco

  1. Liz Barnsley Liz Barnsley says:

    I adore a good retro story – especially when it is set firmly in my era as a child of the 80’s for me this was funny sometimes sad always heart warming and I spent the entire reading experience in a daze of nostalgic innocenceThe Cassidy family are a delight Mr Ross managing to weave around them a tale that is at turns hilarious and tragic capturing the sense of the era perfectly – a homage to the music of the time embedded into the tale in a beautifully elegant way which gives the whole thing a depth and emotion that moves it beyond a simply family drama evoking an emotional response in the reader that will stay with you long after reading itSet as it is in the Thatcher era war looming with the Falklands a time I remember well although from a teenagers point of view we follow Bobby as he sets up his Disco venture attempting to rival that of “Fat Franny” – a marvel of a character who kind of grounded the story for me – the writing is witty ironic perfectly paced and will drag you into that place and time in very short order Gary’s story is compelling as we see him through army training and hovering over all this is the very real threat the Falklands war It is amazingly well drawn authentic and it is actually uite difficult to review in the sense that nothing I say can uite capture the ambience of itIt is a tale of conseuences with heart and soul a coming of age tale set in difficult times David Ross has written a terrific terrific story that will have you laughing out loud one moment and sobbing into your pillow the next Once I had gotten my head round the Scottish flavour of it all brilliantly real unsurprisingly there was no stopping me and I read it fast – the musical imagery at the core will have you putting your dancing shoes on I challenge anyone to read this book and not end up having a boogie – but the heart of it is emotionally resonant and absolutely unforgettableHighly Recommended Get your dancing shoes on

  2. Christine Christine says:

    I always love a story rooted in the 1980s I lived through the 1980s and they were brilliant In the novel we get a real sense of 1982 with Margaret Thatcher taking the country to war and mass unemployment Ross cleverly gives us wonderful music and lots of television and cultural references I defy anyone not to be humming ‘Shaking Stevens’ when reading this You willThis is a funny charming slightly crazy and intelligent tale of a working class family living in 1982 Kilmarnock Scotland The number of times I chuckled to myself whilst reading and then was moved by the sadness of the later chapters There is a lovely Scottish feel to the language As an English lass I feel that I can speak proper Scottish after reading this You can practically feel and taste the true authentic vibe of Kilmarnock in ‘The Last Days of Disco’ flowing through the languageWe get to know the Cassidy family; Bobby who is setting up his mobile disco ‘Heatwave’ Gary who joins the army the daughter Hettie and and their unhappily married Mum and Dad Ethel and Harry The story focuses on Bobby who has set up his mobile disco to rival the rather funny mobile disco gangster boss of the area Fat Franny I love Fat Franny I love his name Some of the scenes with Bobby and his best mate are excellent as they get up to all kinds of mischief And I was particularly interested in Gary and his army adventuresThis is a terrific read It is retro comic magic You get social commentary laughs and a genuine feeling of 1980s Scotland I loved it It will make you want to get out your 1980s music and relive the era Thanks to Liz and Orenda Books for my review copy

  3. Paul Paul says:

    The Last Days of Disco – The Decade Fashion Forgot But Music Loved‘When Heatwave gets goin’ ther’ll be nae middle o the road pish getting played That’s got tae be rule number one’‘Right Got it’ Said Bobby ‘Nae Christy Burgh Nae Goombay Dance Band Nae Flocks o’ Fuckin’ Seagulls’The Last Days of Disco set in 1982 with the background of the Falklands War Margaret Thatcher 3 million and Scotland at the World Cup unemployed Bobby Cassidy and best friend Joey Miller are about to leave school in Kilmarnock and launch themselves on to an unsuspecting world With ideas in their heads they decide they will launch themselves in to the world of the mobile disco playing various gigs and competing against Fat Franny and his gang to bring music to the massesWaking up after a lost weekend of drink and drink for his 18th and gaining a tattoo Bobby Cassidy wakes up in bed top n tailed with his visiting brother Gary Without any idea what has passed for the weekend that has gone he is planning for the future and comes up with the mobile disco plan to be named after The Jam’s The Heatwave they want to be at the cutting edge and also represent The Mods in disco formFrom the outset what makes this book so funny is the lack of planning and life events that gets in the way of them having a great time and their responses to it and you can just hear them saying it too even back then Even though they do end up out of pocket and one of their friends electrocutes and knocks himself out on the microphone at the first gig mere side shows to the laughs in the bookAt 18 Bobby is not very experienced with the ladies he is very much Like A Virgin and the description of Booby and his girl in the shed when he is on the vinegar strokes made me laugh out loud as we all have a story similar‘Bobby jerked as a blast of cold smoke came between his legs from the box Lizzie’s arse cheeks were slapping against the box flicking the switch of the Heatwave Disco dry ice canister machine on and off blowing smoke literally – up Bobby’s arsehole; not a totally unpleasant experience’When you read it all in context you cannot help but laugh and there are laughs throughout the book mixed with the heady tunes of the 1980s that had me walking 500 miles to go back in time Either Bobby or Joey wants to be a Smalltown Boy but they love doing the disco and watching people Dancing In the Dark We also discover that Gary has left home and is no Goody Two Shoes but has joined the Army and is in the Scots Guards which with the Falkland Conflict kicking off theirs is no House of Fun as they wait for news When the two army padres come calling they know the worst has happened at Tumbledown in the Falklands and the final breakup of Bobby’s family is about to take placeWe discover that Kilmarnock is not a Town Called Malice even if Fat Freddy attempts to run them out of town and spoils a gig at the Tory Club with the Milk Snatcher staring down at them What they do discover is that The Telephone Always Rings when you are popular and their fame goes before them as they become the undisputed kings of the discoAt the same time as being given laugh out loud moments we also get great moments of pathos and some really dark moments This is a warm evocative story which took me back to tunes I had forgotten and as such it took me longer to read as I set up an 80s playlist for background music to the time of Ra Ra skirts big hair and dynasty This may have struck a chord with me as I was a teen in the 80s but you can never take the music away and I am sorry I have dropped a few tunes from 82 in the review too In 1982 there were 3 million unemployed men died in the Falklands and the north and Scotland were irrelevant all we had left was the music and to keep us going we had Come on Eileen as the best selling hit of the year The Eurovision winner was Nicole with A Little Peace and Scotland got knocked out of the World CupThis is an excellent book well worth reading and the music will always bring a smile and a memory of the book and even in Bobby and Joey’s experiences we have all been there Last Days of Disco is the new Trainspotting brilliant writing and Irvine Welsh you have a new jock on the block and thank you David F Ross for a fantastic read and music set to go with itPS I am sorry to Karen at Orenda Books the publisher and David F Ross for filling your twitter time lines with all the 80s tunes – kidding not really

  4. Linda Boa Linda Boa says:

    This is one of these books I've had for ages and of course I've ended up kicking myself for not reading it earlier I'd like to give it a 5 but I couldn't possibly have it overtaking The Abrupt Physics Of Dying or Snowblind two other corkers from Orenda Books I think the only one I haven't got is the Louise Beech one Karen Sullivan can spot a uality book at 100 pacesI'm WAY behind on my reviews but I'll move heaven and earth to get one up ASAP Meanwhile buy this book Ostensibly it's about two boys who start a mobile disco service for a wee earner but it's really about a working class Kilmarnock family One page you'll be laughing the next crying Scots especially will enjoy the patter but don't worry the slang isn't intimidating Dive in you'll love itHighly recommended

  5. BookwormDH BookwormDH says:

    A cracking debut Extremely funny but with an amazing storyline to accompany it Heart warming sad but very warming 80's discos eh I can't recommend it enough

  6. Sandra Foy Sandra Foy says:

    This is a story about working class life in the early 80s set in South West Scotland Bobby Cassidy and his friend Joey are fresh out of school with heads full of magic They set up ‘Heatwave’ a mobile disco Unfortunately they find themselves in competition with local gangster the magnificent ‘Fat Franny’ Their adventures are hilarious but life is not straightforward for most of the characters as it wasn’t for most people at that time With Thatcher constantly buzzing in the background like an unwanted wasp for one reason or another unemployment the Falklands; it takes you right back to that era with an authenticity that is rare to findThere is a mad cast of characters starting with the wonderful Cassidy family; Bobby taking centre stage lives with his mum dad and sister HarryI loved him and Ethel’s marriage is in disarray but they plod on sister Hettie is about to sit her exams Brother Gary has gone south to join the army just as the spectre of the Falklands rears its ugly head Gary’s story is bathed in pathosThen there is the aforementioned ‘Fat Franny’ a superb creation Hairy Doug Hamish May amongst many others Even the minor characters have a lot to give to this story and I can’t think of one who wouldn’t be able to hold a book of their own that’s how well drawn they areThe descriptions of people are delivered in detail and are freuently hilarious Jimmy Stevenson van driver – “He appeared to be in some degree of proportion from the rear but from the side and front he looked pregnant A mass of belly cantilevered precariously over the belt of his flared Farah slacks The flares themselves partially concealed brown shoes that resembled the meat pasties sold in greggs bakeryHis most defining characteristic was his hair – part Charlton sweepover part Oliver Cromwell bell shaped bob” I defy you to be able to picture that man and not laughThis book took me right back to my youth the music that runs like a golden thread through the story is perfect and I was downloading as I read The dialogue is local and takes a short while to get used to but once you are you don’t want it to stop I found myself thinking in the Kilmarnock vernacularThis is such an emotional read one minute you’re crying tears of laughter and the next tears of sorrow If you want to know what working class life was like in early 80s Britain forget academic books read thisI really didn’t want this book to finish and the only thing that has consoled me is spotting in the acknowledgements that Joey Miller will be back Can’t waitMany thanks to karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy

  7. Steve Steve says:

    Loved this book and have finally got a review up on my blog

  8. Tony Tony says:

    Powerful things dreams David F Ross’ The Last Days of Disco is bookended by two – the teenage fantasy of Bobby Cassidy racing around Monaco and the disturbed nightmares suffered by older brother Gary following his time in the Falklands Waruite the juxtaposition but then an awful lot happens between the two points as we follow the lives and dreams of the Cassidy boys in early 80s Kilmarnock Bobby – don’t ask to see his tattoos – and his best mate Joey Miller aim at avoiding the dole school and the army by setting themselves up as the new kings of the mobile disco scene becoming caught up in conflict with the local party entertainment mafia kingpin Gary meanwhile pursues a career in the Army in an attempt to make his father proud eventually being caught up in the Falklands ConflictAlong with plenty of references to ‘proper’ music Ross evokes a vivid portrait of urban blight under Thatcher rule a family of seven soon to be eight “all living in a three bedroomed mid block council flat the only flat in a block of six that didn’t have the windows boarded up” interspersed with transcripts from TV interviews and newspaper reports for increased contextBut context is really all that such ‘grey’ is for as this is no sad sack misery guts woe is life under the Tory Battle Axe read Far from itThe Last Days of Disco is a thoroughly enjoyable uplifting and bloody hilarious book that’s shot through with a clear and knowledgeable devotion to music “the beauty and power of the 45rpm” as the PR summary so succinctly puts it and a wicked wicked sense of humourI come close to choking on my coffee when Hamish picked up the microphone to speak only for “a bang A blue flash A high pitched shriek And then the still unamplified but now perfectly audible ‘Ah Ya fuckin’ bastart hoor ye’” Not to mention his abduction at urinal point seriously; poor Hamish comes in for such a drumming I did start to wonder if the author had something against him at times Nor to mention the laughs I had imagining Mr King’s repeated rants of barely repressed anger at each play of Shakin’ Stevens “Ah’m fuckin’ agreein‘ wi’ him an’ he calls me “a cheeky wee cunt”'”Throughout Ross demonstrates a real skill when it comes to rendering situations life like be it the brilliantly funny first encounter with Hairy Doug and the disarray he and his ‘python’ live in to the disturbing nightmares that haunt Gary following his experience in the Falklands – he saw the crudely shaped limbs of what appeared to be tailors’ dummies sticking out of the marshes and the mud as he advanced – bayonet out – towards themAs he got to them they weren’t manneuins but real people; kids barely out of their teens just like him crying for their mums It was Gary’s job to silence them As he stabbed at them they didn’t just fall and die like they did in The Longest Day They grabbed desperately at the blade it took ten thrusts to silence the desperate screams of the third All of them were so close to Gary he could feel their hot breath on his faceA real talent with words is at work in these pagesLocation is a key character in many a novel and The Last Days of Disco is no exception Small town life in Ayrshire is wonderfully described with dialogue delivered in Kilmarnock vernacular adding to both sense of place and the general hilarity “Ah’m Franny fuckin’ Duncan Noo whit dae ye want Ah’m in ma fuckin’ scratcher'”The main story arc is beautifully bolstered by a strong cast of supporting characters From dubious party entertainers making phallic balloon animals and hapless van drivers to local gangsters Fat Franny Duncan is one of those woefully unaware self styled master villains so comedically inept as to almost warrant his own novel each with any number of laugh out loud momentsSeemingly minor plot lines intersperse into one and eventually meet that of the main in a thoroughly unexpected and compelling way with Ross deftly blending together the build up of conflict in the Falklands with that of the Ayrshire mobile disco sceneIn all honesty I did not expect a novel that started out with young Bobby Cassidy dreaming of Sally McLoy’s “tits jiggling away like jellies in an earthuake” to slowly and surely become such a multi layered social political commentary with so many plot twists and turns nor for it to do so with such skill and depth but bugger me if that’s not what it didIn his first novel David F Ross has given us a heady blend of social realism tragedy humour and Paul Weller There’s not a dull moment in these pages and I wholeheartedly recommend getting your hands on a copy pronto

  9. Jackie Law Jackie Law says:

    The Last Days of Disco by David F Ross is a nostalgic romp through a town in working class Scotland in 1982 Margaret Thatcher is in power and unemployment is high but for the small time crooks the long time residents and the emerging youth life remains largely introverted Fashion sense may have lost its way but in the pubs and clubs around which local society revolves family friends and music reign supremeThe protagonists of this tale are Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller; best mates about to finish school and with little idea what to do with their lives They decide to try their hands as mobile DJs thereby invoking the wrath of a local mobster Fat Franny Duncan who sees their endeavour as a threat to his own tiny empire A motley crew of characters are drawn in to the turf wars that develop each adding humour and pathos to the plotThe comedy is schoolboy level with much being made of cock size farts and the titillation created by female body parts All of this is in keeping with the timesThe pathos is thought provoking Bobby’s brother Gary has recently joined the army and is called to serve in the Falkland’s conflict bringing home the reality of war Decades old family secrets bubble to the surface The young people may dream but few have managed to move on from the lives expected of themThe author has created a big hearted story which pulls no punches in the evocation of the times The soundtrack keeps it upbeat as do the descriptions of clothes place and attitudes; we really did dress like that Despite many of the characters shortcomings it is hard not to wish them wellI read the book in a day the narrative bringing back memories a realisation of what is lost and how far we have come I will dig out my vinyls and re listen to those songs The hairstyles and outfits are best forgottenMy copy of this book was provided gratis by the publisher Orenda Books

  10. Melinda Melinda says:

    Visit The Discerning Reader for reviews giveawaysThis book was not to my taste but I cannot deny the authors talent This was too coarse and masculine for my liking nonetheless it is a masterpiece in its own right The setting is brilliant The Falklands War is highlighted along with government excerpts dispersed throughout This really gives you a sense of the time and tension of country and people Politics pepper the narrative just enough to add as opposed to take away from the overall plot and players Another strength I felt immersed in Kilmarnock the dialogue the slang the people The area felt too familiar which isn't a surprise since Ross is than familiar with the area he manages to pull the reader into this colorful hamlet At times the accent was a challenge to read however it made the reading experience totally authentic The characters are a motley bunch There are numerous players a few stronger than others some bit players with a known presence as the story unfolds you become familiar with their roles and each one fits into the narrative with great surprise Ross captures the Cassidy family perfectly Each member is sketched with great emotional detail There are a few moments displaying such feeling and emotional clarity you will be moved The family endures much yet despite their many fractures and dysfunctionality they pull together The music references will jar your memory to the sounds of the 80's The 80's vibe is clearly felt lots of nostalgia claiming your memories Despite this not being my cup of tea it is well crafted and uite a showpiece I look forward to from Ross his gift cannot be denied Stirring debut

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