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Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball (18 Dalbeattie Street 3) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Douglas
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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The third novel in Robert Douglas' much-loved Glaswegian trilogy will delight readers with its blend of humour, tragedy, and vivid sense of place.

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Glasgow, 1971. The old way of life is under threat for the tight-knit community in Dalbeattie Street, Maryhill. The shadow of the wrecker's ball looms large over their homes, and they must face the choice of moving to a new estate or dispersing throughout the city. But powerful friendships refuse to be broken. These characters have gone through too much together to be destroyed by some measly planning scheme. They'll face this with the same inimitable Scottish humour and strength of spirit that have carried them through other tough times. Douglas' vivid portrait of Seventies Glasgow recreates, in glorious detail, a particular time and place, but at its heart are the universal themes of love, friendship and community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FQ0WC2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Douglas retired aged fifty-five in 1994. He intended to paint, write short stories and lie about the house watching old films. A one-off article he wrote about six weeks spent with a condemned man in Bristol prison led to him being told 'You should write'. Three volumes of autobiography followed detailing his life as a miner, dock worker, doss-house resident, soldier, prison screw and survivor. For this debut novel he returns to the lost Glasgow of trams and tenements.

He hasn't painted for years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 7 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball lived up to my expectation and was as funny, sad, and well written as his previous five books. Read it in two days - couldn't put it down. Can't wait for his next book which he is writing based on a Glasgow Department store (also went along to a book signing he had in Glasgow in September when he told the audience about this). A truly gifted author. Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas reigns supreme 8 Oct 2012
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Robert Douglas has become the master storyteller, reading about the lives of 18 Dalbeattie street, watching the residents grow up and everything in between is superb writing.
I loved every minute of it, trouble is once I start reading I find it hard to put down, resulting in loss of sleep.? I have read every single book in this series, and can only hope that somehow Roberts finds a way of continuing letting us into the lives of the ex residents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same. 23 May 2013
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This book is OK - bit too like his other books and I think really only for those Glaswegians of a certain age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Chapter 7 May 2013
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I really enjoyed this trilogy about life in a Glasgow tenement. It was a riveting read. It portrayed all the ups and downs of life for the tenants spanning 30 years. This book (the last in the series) saw the tenements being demolished after the tenants had been moved to neighbouring houses on a new estate. It made me laugh and it bought a tear to my eye.
I would recommend this author to anyone who likes to read about families, history, Scotland or just likes a good read.
The book arrived in good time and was adequately packaged. It was in excellent,like new condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars last dance at the wreckers ball 9 Nov 2012
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fab book was so looking forward to buying it. i am not a reader but this author has changed this for me have read all his books now ,so real to life in glasgow can remember so of what happens in the book and every on had a granny thompson,
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5.0 out of 5 stars robert douglas star 8 Nov 2012
By frank q
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this book is a riveting read from start to finish especially since you now know all the characters having read all of his previous books.roll on the next one.
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By steuart
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What a great read, if you lived anywhere in Glasgow up during the 60s or 70s you will be able to vivdly picture these characters., Been such great reading from a fantastic author, cant waait to see if there will be another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fitting end to a heartwarming journey 8 Nov 2012
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this is the final book in the Dalbeattie street trilogy and now that it is finished it's like losing a friend. in all three books Robert Douglas invites readers to get to know and love the characters. we are with them as they grow up and sadly for some- pass onto the next life. we are able to visualise all the changes taking place in Glasgow over the time span in the three books- something which will appeal to a wide range of readers. i've only just discovered Robert Douglas' books and have enjoyed every one .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 6th book hope there a 7th
i never really read books but if someone says this is good i will read it Robert was recommended
i have read Roberts 3 autobiography's and his 3 fiction books i have read all... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fluffy
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BAD READ BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND (THE BRILLIANT)...THE REAL...
I HAVE READ LOADS OF BOOKS ON GLASGOW BUT IF YOU READ THE REAL GORBALS STORY, NO MEAN GLASGOW AND GORBALS DIEHARDS...THERE REALLY IS NO COMPETITION. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad, no more tales of Dalbeattie Street !!
It was such a happy/sad book; all the ends tied up but I will miss more tales of the good folk in Dalbeattie Street. Excellent trilogy
Published 2 months ago by Pauline Lingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Douglas best author of this kind of reading
life as it was, brings laughter and tears at the same time, you will not be able to put this book down
Published 4 months ago by Jwjbourne
4.0 out of 5 stars madness
I can't give this a true rating as I haven't read his other books, they are in the pile of " must read "
Published 4 months ago by hazel
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories are made of this
As I got brought up around Glasgow at this time it brought back happy memories as well as enjoyed the Glesga humour and words
I want to hear more about the characters
Published 4 months ago by kirky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition
The author has written very well about the times of my childhood in Glasgow We did not have much money but had a fortune in compassion and care
Published 5 months ago by Lorna McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
I loved the continuing story and them talking in slang was great as me coming from greenock I can relate to that
Published 6 months ago by pimple
5.0 out of 5 stars Last dance at the wrecker's ball
Excellently written like all previous books by Robert Douglas, even his own tales. Captured my imagination (which takes some doing) & felt that I knew the characters written about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kay Findlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
This was the last of a trilogy and really finished it off in great style, it was as the other two books well written and full of atmosphere for glasgow and its inhabitants.
Published 6 months ago by Pearl Peckham
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