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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross! Thanks so much to Anne for organising the tour. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops!
It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever...
Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light- entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK’s top showbiz star, Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks, and immediately seizes the opportunity to aim for the big time. With dreams of becoming a musical impresario, he creates a new singing group called The High Five with five unruly working-class kids from Glasgow’s East End. The plan? Make it to the final of Heady’s Saturday night talent show, where fame and fortune awaits...
But there’s a complication. Archie’s made a fairly major misstep in his pursuit of fame and fortune, and now a trail of irate Glaswegian bookies, corrupt politicians and a determined Scottish WPC are all on his tail...
When I first got the email through inviting me to join the Welcome to the Heady Heights blog tour I thought it sounded brilliant, but I wasn’t sure how much it fitted into what I usually read (and therefore how much I would enjoy it). However, I’ve learned to trust that anything from Orenda Books will be a fantastic read, so I said yes, and once again Orenda hasn’t let me down!
Welcome to the Heady Heights has everything in it that you could possibly hope for. It’s funny, exciting, thrilling, moving, heartbreaking and poignant. And all of this is topped off by the strong sense of place which weaves throughout the book, with the written Glaswegian dialect making me feel as though I could hear the voices coming from the page.
You can’t help but have a soft spot for Archie, even when his decisions are questionable, and this made him a brilliant protagonist in my opinion, as I felt myself rooting for him and willing him on throughout the book.
I really enjoyed how Ross uses dark comedy to explore much more serious themes and I thought that it was really effectively and intelligently done.
Each page is more and more compelling, especially as the pace picks up, and I was quite honestly left breathless at times.
Overall, I’m giving Welcome to the Heady Heights 4 out of 5. It’s gritty, poignant and darkly funny. Yet another cracker from Orenda Books.
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About the Author
David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.
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