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'The Last Days of Disco' is a funny, melancholic and nostalgic story about mates, music, small-time Ayrshire gangsters…and the teenage fear of being sent to the Falklands by the biggest gangster of them all.

Early in the decade that taste forgot, Fat Franny Duncan is on top of the world. He is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene, controlling and ruling the competition with an iron fist. From birthdays to barn dances, Franny is the man to call. He has even played 'My Boy Lollipop' at a funeral and got away with it. But the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man’s Empire.

Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller have been best mates since primary school. Joey is an idealist; Bobby just wants to get laid and avoid following his brother Gary to the Falklands. A partnership in their new mobile disco venture seems like the best way for Bobby to do both at the same time. With compensation from an accident at work, Bobby’s dad Harry invests in the fledgling business, which Bobby names Heatwave Disco. Ethel, Harry’s wife, had a brief affair with her sister’s husband, Kilmarnock’s Police Chief Superintendant Don McAllister. It was almost twenty years ago but the effect of it is never far from the surface. Harry's marriage to Ethel is coming apart at the seams and the disco has given him something to focus on.

April 1982. Great Britain is at war with Argentina over the Falklands. Gary’s unit are one of the first from Scotland to be despatched to Ascension Island. The smaller war between Fat Franny’s crew and Heatwave escalates. A series of tit-for-tat acts results in Bobby, Joey, their roadie Hamish May and van driver old Jimmy Stevenson being jailed following a brawl at the Conservative Club. Despite this setback, Bobby and Joey’s success continues, as Fat Franny's downfall continues. With his other security and financial interests at stake he takes extreme action to remove the competition from Heatwave as both begin vying for the much sought after residency at local gangster, Mickey ‘Doc’ Martin’s new nightclub; The Metropolis.

Tragic news from the other side of the world brings all of the strands together in a way that no-one could have predicted.

The Last Days of Disco is a eulogy to the beauty and power of the 45rpm vinyl record and the small but significant part it played in a small town Ayrshire community in 1982.

About the author:

David Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964. He is married with two children and has lived in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire for over 30 years. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP.

The Last Days of Disco is his first novel.

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David Ross was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1964; the son and heir of nothing in particular. He is married with two children and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. The Last Days Of Disco is his first novel. It was recently awarded an AIA Seal of Approval. A play based on the book - There's An Old Piano... - is also available.

His literary influences include Roddy Doyle, Irvine Welsh and Jonathan Coe.

David's most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. His most irritating habit is a determination to speak about himself in the third person.

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5.0 out of 5 stars mix social realism with humour 19 Feb 2013
By McDroll
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Lovers of Scottish fiction - beware, there's a new kid on the block who can mix social realism with humour and place this all firmly within one of the most important political events of the last thirty years.

When you read THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO by David Ross, GOTCHA! might be the phrase on your mind for two reasons.
Firstly, Ross manages to grab your attention straight away, as his main character, teenager Bobby hold of something else, and from that moment on, you just know that you want to find out more about this family from that west of Scotland dead zone that people generally refer to as Kilmarnock.
Secondly, Ross intersperses the storyline with bulletins from Maggie Thatcher as it becomes obvious that in the summer of 1982 she is intent on sending a 'task force' to the other side of the world to protect a group of bleak islands that very few people ever knew existed.

Throughout the novel, the dialogue is written in the Kilmarnock vernacular of his characters, but this is offset with Ross's own voice, which comes across clear and strong, his writing never overly descriptive, the pace moves along rapidly with short snapshot chapters giving a well developed feel to the many local gangsters and family members involved in this humorous yet touching tale of a family with hidden secrets, broken relationships and their struggle to find meaning in their life, set within the decade of mass unemployment and Thatcherite economic and social policy that ravaged working class towns up and down the country.

Bobby and his pal Joey (no pun intended), think that school's for mugs and decide that their future lies in starting up a mobile disco that will be sought after for anything from birthday parties to weddings.
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This book starts in comedy, drives through humour and tragedy, and all the time maturing into a serious social commentary on early 80's recession hit Scotland. The attempt of a group of adolescents to make a bit of pocket money, even if not a living, by setting up a mobile disco business, makes for a very good major plot-line. The difficulties encountered in achieving this in the town of Kilmarnock of the early 1980's, with a lack of money, difficult private lives and in while continuously falling foul of both local gangsters and the law, seem insurmountable.
The dialogue is written in the vernacular of Glaswegian slang, and is further complicated by being in the authentic voice of assertive youth, so that it is sometimes "punctuated" with crude expression. The descriptive writing is in standard British English, so that even those who really struggle with the dialogue aren't in any real danger of for long losing the plot. The mix works very well. Imagine the comedy of Billy Connolly being delivered in his strongest accent, with a Scottish BBC presenter working between the humorous dialogues to explain the set. Younger readers may be more familiar with the comedian Kevin Bridges; the same applies. Even Brits from any distance south of the West Lowlands of Scotland will struggle for a wee while, but the learning process is more than worthwhile.
The voices of adolescence in 1980's Kilmarnock really run true throughout, even though they are slowly submerged in importance by the experiences of a young army recruit during the Falklands War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad, touching 27 April 2013
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An entertaining read on several levels - funny, sad, touching. Evocative not just of Falklands era but also that excruciating period between adolescence and adulthood. The action centres on two friends and their faltering steps towards careers as DJs, undeterred by the minor issue of a lack of disco equipment or any money to buy it. Their escapades provide some real laughs but this book is also about first love (or perhaps first lust) and ultimately about family - the letters from the Falklands brought a tear to my eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and Topical 16 April 2013
By anne c
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Interesting read, many memories and feelings evoked,a top read in itself even if you were not part of that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Days of Disco Review 15 April 2013
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For the past few weeks I have been reading David Ross's debut novel The Last Days of Disco. This is a nostalgic tale set in 1982 Kilmarnock in the height of the UK's last recession and on the cusp of The Falklands War.

Our story revolves primarily around the Cassidy family, namely Bobby and his older brother Gary. Bobby decides to set-up his own disco business to make some extra cash but his growing popularity soon draws the attention of a one Fat Franny, who holds a monopoly over the disco scene in the town.

Inevitably Bobby and his friends have run-ins with the man - who fancies himself as some sort of DJ deck Godfather and the hilarious situations and consequences that this leads too.

But to say that the book is merely a comedy would do it unfair justice as The Last Days of Disco is as haunting as it is funny. Gary Cassidy's story is also told in tandem with his brother's, from his army training in Wales to his deployment to The Falklands.

Author David Ross doesn't shy away from the gritty reality of a war that many thought at the time would last so long. The war unfolds through radio, TV and newspaper excerpts of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and journalists at the beginning of the middle and later chapters, adding a strong degree of realism to the story. This is mirrored by the tension in the Cassidy household as they watch the war on TV from their living room on the other side of the world.

The book is a bit hard to get into when you first pick it up but it gets easier if you stick with it. The dialogue is written almost entirely in Scots (or slang). I've lived in Scotland for more than twenty years and I'll admit, even I seriously struggled at first with picking up the dialogue but it does get easier to read if you give it a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beg. Steal. Borrow.
Excellent stuff from David Ross. A plot full of sadness, humour and wisdom. It drives the novel throughout. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Friel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
A funny, touching story of youth, set against the backdrop of a small Scottish working class town in the early 80's. Think Irvine Welsh meets Shane Meadows, but more weegie. Ace.
Published 3 months ago by Nolanzebra3
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, laughter and tears
If you like Christopher Brookmyre and Irvine Welsh then you'll love this first novel by David Ross. It's probably an obvious and lazy comparison to throw at it, but then if someone... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stu Tarrant
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this very funny book
Entertaining read with quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, characters which hold your interest and a plot which gallops along in time with 'Eton Rifles' or 'Down In The Tube... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angela Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent debut
I picked up David Ross' debut novel after a friend reviewed it on a well known indie blog site. I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Nixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Affectionate and thought provoking
I have a strange affinity with Scottish authors, especially Christopher Brookmyre and Irvine Welsh. I find that they write with an honesty that just seems to shine through, and I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ryan Bracha
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is a great debut by David Ross. Weaving together the themes of 80's music, life in small town Scotland and the Falklands war Ross brings to mind the early works of Roddy Doyle... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars By P Mellon
I sit quietly on the train in the morning with my kindle not bothering a soul but this made me laugh out loud! An enjoyable read,which being an Ayrshire lass I could relate to! Read more
Published 19 months ago by pollywolly1966
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