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Kiss The Sky

Kiss The Sky [Kindle Edition]

DC Gallin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Refreshing, liberated and sexy, Trouble Magazine, Australia

This is London in the heady nineties. Claudia, an aspiring painter, drops out of college and squats a freezing cold studio in the East End of London. She is joined by beautiful Paloma and a statuesque lesbian Q who has never quite given up on the idea of seducing Claudia.

From their diet of tinned sardines and apples, to their night-time escapades in which they film each other on the roof wearing nothing but silver angel wings and roller skates, Kiss the Sky chronicles the humorous coming of age quest for creativity, independence and sexual freedom while living like artists on next to nothing.

Soon Claudia and her friends are sucked into the maelstrom of the dance music revolution taking over the capital. Although this peaceful movement is violently opposed by the authorities, they immerse themselves with infectious enthusiasm.

But of course life is not all just play and parties and their naive idealism soon gets them into deep trouble. When the girls are evicted from the studios after organising an illegal rave, Claudia finds herself increasingly on her own and even homeless…

Will Claudia and her friends be able to escape the matrix and stay on their un-prescribed path in the face of real life challenges and adversity?

Escape with Kiss the Sky into various parts of bohemian London, in search of an alternative, non materialistic way of life!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 923 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (21 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CLP8IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #508,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DC Gallin spends her time between London and Southern Spain, land of the guitar, snow-capped mountains and eagles circling in the sky. During winter months the family gathers around log fires, while starry summer nights are spent cooling off on the rooftop with the plaintive voice of Flamenco drifting over from the gypsy barrio, accompanied by the sound of howling dogs, braying donkeys and the odd pair of mating cats...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is something TRULY special! 26 Mar 2012
By Viskan
Format:Kindle Edition
Kiss the Sky - DC Gallin

On one of my last trips to London I found myself in Camden with my friend Jim, we were approached by this lady who was selling her book which was called "Woman in the Sky". We spoke to the lady for a while and Jim bought me the book. It sat in my bookcase for over a half a year before I picked it up and when I started reading it I kept telling myself off for not picking it up before.
Jim... thank you for buying me that book!

In this book we follow Claudia an artist who moves into a studio on Cable Street, East London. But much to her parents dismay she decided to follow her own dreams instead of following the ones her parents had for her.
Claudia hasn't been there long when she meets Paloma a french girl who is house-sitting nearby, but they become good friends but their friendship changes Claudias life forever.
Claudias choices may not always be the right ones but she makes the best out of every situation she gets into. Her choice in men I do find questionable but we don't control who we fall in love with.
The end made my heart flutter as I'd had my suspicions and when I was right I literally yelled out "YES"!

I am currently waiting for the next book from DC Gallin, "Kiss the Sky" was so personal it made me wonder if the author had lived what she'd just written about.

I do admit that when I saw the title "Kiss the Sky" I really was hoping it was a second book from DC, but I'll wait patiently for the next installment. The characters are very easy to relate to and it made me wish I was of that generation and could have lived in those times and experienced those things.

Thank you DC for a book that I'll always remember and especially for writing something that gave me goosebumps and a feeling that I was really reading something TRULY special and not something that's been used time and time again.

4.5 out of 5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A kiss of a book 2 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." The characters in "Kiss the Sky" by D C Gallin certainly prove this nugget of wisdom to be true. However, George Bernard Shaw also wrote, "Youth is wasted on the young." and the characters in Gallin's book show that Shaw may have had it right once, but not twice.

Gallin's stunningly realistic cast of artists, hedonists and other, purposeful and not-so-purposeful misfits are the oddest of heroes in the oddest of wars: the peaceful effort to maintain individuality, creative integrity and personal freedom in London. Claudia and her partners in crime and fun, Q and Paloma, crash in industrial squats, paint, create, photograph and dance their way through life fueled by passion for art, love and dreaming of a world where they can do as they wish, for as long as they wish, provided they do no one harm.

The freedom of their life, lived on the outer fringes of society, is palpable in Gallin's pages. You can feel the thump of the bass and drums in your chest and feel the trickles of perspiration across your body as you dance until dawn. Reading Gallin's excellent book is like attending a novel-long rave where the sex is hot, the music is loud and the people you meet are trippy, interesting beings following not the trusted, paved path.

But, eventually, the rave ends, the sun comes up and life's challenges creep in. Claudia and her friends find that the light of day sometimes brings an unforeseen perspective and, as is always true, some bad characters bent on using people try to work their way in to the circles of trust and freedom. Eventually, Claudia finds herself in what the poet Corso called "the most common of situations...trembling and knowledged with responsibility".
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Addictive Read! 17 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was given to me as a birthday present and I enjoyed it immensely. It tells of the trials and tribulations of a fun loving young woman moving to London, her party antics and her quest to find her one true love. I found it very addictive, cant wait for the next one!
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This book is excellent at capturing the characters and place and events perfectly. If you like books about people then this really comes alive with an array of colourful characters. The story is based on a 20-something artist moving to London trying to make something of herself and her art. It is about the real person, the real art and for this reason it is a beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantabulous read! 26 Nov 2012
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All of these amazon reviews are a list of understatements, including this one I'm uploading here! :)
Downloaded this while it was free on Kindle, finished it that same night. This was a truly fantastic read and brilliantly written! It succeeded in giving me the motivation to finish my uni presentation for contemporary British writing and managed to wangle itself a mention in said presentation.
Have ordered a paper copy of this one now, and it's already got a list of people I've recommended it to journey around, whereby I guarantee they then do the same and buy their own copy so I can be greedy with my one >.< I particularly can not wait for the next book, keep up the good work! :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking good read! 10 Aug 2012
By 8happy8
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Deliciously erotic...
Exuberantly creative....
Page turningly gripping...
Grittily realistic...

Kiss The Sky is a heart warming tale of life, love and lust in a 90's London caught between the explosive freedom of the growing counterculture, and society's increasingly tight control.
A rollicking good read!

To be continued...?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will exceed your expectations!
What I liked the most about this book was the element of surprise. I was able to live vicariously through the characters and go on a journey with Claudia. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicole Fuller
3.0 out of 5 stars Kiss the sky
This was an ok book, the preview of it seemed really good but i didnt finish the book as i found it became boring in the end, there wasnt a huge gripping plot behind it to keep me... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Victoria Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars pure hedonistic escapism!
This book cheered me out of my fog of gloom over 2 and a half rainy days! I found my self digging my nose in at every possible opportunity. Read more
Published 17 months ago by BessieRay
4.0 out of 5 stars Kissed the Sky
The title of this book reminded me of the Hendrix lyric. Coupled with the trippy cover, I turned the first page with certain expectations of the storyline. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard White
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss the Sky
friendship, music, love, ecstasy, sex, laughter, tears, fears, happiness, sadness, squating, relationships, death, life....
That's what you will find in this awesome book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by benny
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning read...
This book made me feel happy, free, wise and spirited. It has stayed with me forever since I picked it up...or did it take me with it...? Highly highly recommended read!
Published 17 months ago by Jonsc0tt
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I bought the hard copy from the author on a random visit to campden town. So glad I stopped and spoke to her now as I have read this book a fair few times now so I had to have it... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
I very rarely read books like this, and then when I do it becomes apparent that I should do so more often as I almost finished this in one sitting and couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Miss J H Stutely
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, witty, truthful. insightful, a wonderful read!
This book is a revelation!
It is intelligent, witty, truthful and insightful....a wonderful read! Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Friday
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic!
What a lovely way to move through time with effortless page-turning reading with fun in the mix..

Would recommend this as a great read.
Published 22 months ago by Mrs. S. Pope
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