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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Scotland (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755380304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755380305
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

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.`

His first book - the bestselling NIGHT SONG OF THE LAST TRAM - is centred around his Glasgow childhood and became the first book in the popular trilogy detailing his life as a miner, dock worker, doss-house resident, soldier, prison screw - and survivor.

He hasn`t painted for years.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alice Whitehill on 7 Oct. 2012
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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 By Mr D A Robb on 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 By Kindle Customer on 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 By frank q on 8 Nov. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By steuart on 8 Nov. 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By thorndenliz on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Begley on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christine on 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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