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Bowling Ball (Three Realistic Holes trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Escobar Walker , Bojan Rajic , Mauricio Gómez
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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★★★ Shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize 2004 ★★★

★★★ Shortlisted for the Brit Writers Awards 2011 ★★★

★★★ Longlisted for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2012 ★★★


Starting with frenzied masturbation, kerb-crawling businessmen being blackmailed with Polaroid photographs and an ambitious plan to improve the Scottish national football team by having casual sex with Brazilian women, BOWLING BALL tells the story of unemployed anti-hero Dempsy and the turbulent relationships he has with his serial-shagging flatmate Ronnie and Ronnie’s cousin Chaz, an ill-tempered lunatic with a finger in every criminal pie in the city.

A series of inter-woven tales set in Glasgow, BOWLING BALL portrays a dark, harrowing side of everyday life in Scotland, including employment as a double glazing salesman in Glasgow’s most deprived council estate, an unsavoury sexual encounter with a middle-aged woman in a nightclub toilet whilst her husband is asleep in the next cubicle, and reluctantly proposing marriage to a girlfriend with a £9.99 friendship ring actually purchased with the intention of wooing a local prostitute.

The threat of violence hangs increasingly heavy in the air as the story continues, with Ronnie threatening to tell his cousin after Dempsy does a shit in a tub of vanilla ice-cream that Chaz subsequently eats believing it was chocolate-chip flavour. Shortly afterwards, Dempsy threatens to dish out some of the same medicine, with the discover that his flatmate may have got his under-age cousin Chantelle (Chaz' little sister) pregnant after a seedy liaison in a local cinema.

BOWLING BALL speeds towards a frantic climax, when Chaz's fiancée Donna dumps him after finding out he has been cheating on her with prostitutes, and Dempsy and Ronnie find out that Chaz has kidnapped a rival drug dealer and imprisoned him in his fridge-freezer. When the police also discover this shortly afterwards, Chaz goes into hiding. Increasingly frantic, he goes to beg for forgiveness from his now ex-fiancée Donna, leading to a tragic chain of events at the end of the novel in which one of the protagonists ends up dead, one heads off to prison on a murder charge and the other flies off to Torremolinos to enjoy the 18-30 holiday honeymoon that was booked earlier in the novel after the unintentional marriage proposal.


At over 90,000 words, BOWLING BALL is a full-length novel. SIDEWAYS MOVERS, the second book in the 'THREE REALISTIC HOLES' trilogy will be published in November 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Twisted Literature (UK Imprint) (10 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4V2M7C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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ESCOBAR WALKER was born in Scotland. His debut novel BOWLING BALL was short-listed for the Dundee International Book Prize 2004, the Brit Writers Awards 2011 and also nominated for the US Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012.

His third novel will be published in the summer of 2015.

Latest updates can be found at www.escobarwalker.com.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funny. tragic. engrossing 9 Jun 2014
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Good stuff : banter, casual violence, sleaze, daftness, recognisable, ranting
Niggles : geography, bus numbers and a couple of continuity pointers

In similar vein to Brookmyre - funny, entertaining, language - and Irvine Welsh - plot, rawness and squalor

Read it once. Now going back for the stuff I missed.

Highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tartan Filth 30 April 2014
By Fieldsy
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Crikey, i've read some close to the knuckle books in my time, but this takes the biscuit. Jaw droppingly funny & absolutely filthy.

If John Niven & Irvine Welsh had a lovechild, and it fell on it's head on the way out of the filithiest orifice known to man, you'd be 1% of the way to just how wonderfully deranged Escobar Walker is.

Really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden gem 14 Dec 2014
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Bought this as a recommended book and it was cheap....by time I'd finished it is nearly pished maself laughing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic, funny and excellent 27 Oct 2014
By G.
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A brilliant opening (pun noted) and a cracking read for those not easily offended by graphic Glasgow humour. At less than two notes, it's a steal and safer than buying gas lighters (four furra pound) on Argyle Street. I fully recommend this book, and I'm already looking forward to the next installation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CRACKING STORY 5 Mar 2014
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This book had me hooked from page one until the last page and the words THE END. I read it in a weekend. It really is that good. Its one of those books that I will probably read several times over the next few years. I repeat: it really is that good. I really cannot believe someone has given this one star recently - perhaps they were the victim of a chocolate chip ice-cream prank themselves in the past!! If I could give it six stars I would. If I could give it ten I would. I really cannot recommend Bowling Ball highly enough. It's not only the most hilarious debut novels I have read in years, but its also one of the most well written. It certain doesn't surprise me that it has already been short-listed for several awards - its the sort of book that easily transitions into a film because of its nature - every chapter is a quality story in its own right. I thought Escobar Walker was a dead colombian drug-lord - but either way, I await with great anticipation the authors next book.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next Irvine welsh 3 Jun 2014
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Great read, couldn't put it down, looking forward to reading the next instalment.
If you like Irvine Welsh then this is for you!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Trainspotting it isn't. 15 Sep 2014
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Despite the occasional amusing and/or shocking episode, this is a poor "Trainspotting by numbers" - like the author read Irvine Welsh and thought it would be easy to combine schemies and booze and violence and regional accents to come out with a hit Scottish novel but missed out on key aspects of tone and plot and character development.

The main problem I have with it is that while it emulates Trainspotting's format of having each chapter written in the first person but by different characters, the author can't get those characters to speak in different voices. This makes it read like the same man living three different lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Novel 24 Dec 2014
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First installment in the Trilogy, it is a bloomin great book, couldn't put it down! Had me hooked to the very end. I laughed all the way through it, followed it up with the 2nd installment which is just as good!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I was recommended this book by a friend who described the author ...
I was recommended this book by a friend who described the author as the glasweigan Irvine Welsh and after one chapter I could see why, it's as close to the bone as you can get. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mr Stuart Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly amusing
Bought this after discovering the author on Pinterest. Its a funny book, so much so that I have already bought the sequel.
Published 21 days ago by jonny mulroy
3.0 out of 5 stars Bowling Ball
Funny but maybe you have to live near Glasgow or at least be Scottish to get the humour (or even understand a lot of it). Read more
Published 28 days ago by John Scott Hardie
2.0 out of 5 stars Bowling Ball - far from a strike
A story peopled by a cast in the style of Irvine Welsh's Train Spotting. Work-shy, bottom-feeding, drugged-up, psychopathic characters, with a fondness for anal sex and beating... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by Kenny Foy
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut! Thoroughly enjoyable!
Great plot and character development. Hilarious dialogues and descriptions intertwined throughout the book compliment the dark seedy world within which the story takes place. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allan Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
Starts off very funny but becomes a bit of a drag. Not one likeable character and I am a massive fan of Scottish Anti-hero characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Euan Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Post reading i'm experiences strong urges to visit my local Blue...
Enjoyably sordid. Not quite the beach read i promised myself on holiday but then i didn't really expect it to be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Buchanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in ages...
fantastic book from start to finish, top characters lives interwoven brilliantly in a gritty portrayal of a few weeks leading up to a Glasgow Christmas, fans of Irvine Welsh will... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darren brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit naughty, a little bit nice...
Having just finished the entire works of Irvine Welsh, I was at a bit of a loss for some Scottish writing to occupy my mind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James Thomson
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