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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Teckle Books (18 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992685907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992685904
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the author of The Tartan Special One, a comedy novel based on the fictional life and events of a young footballer finding his way in the world and life at Dundee Football Club. Published on Teckle Books, it is my debut release.

The Tartan Special One is a loose adaptation of my previous writing in the Real Leigh Griffiths Blog.


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Boundlessly imaginative, gleefully silly, occasionally nightmarish and always inventively filthy, The Tartan Special One is by some distance the funniest book I ve read in years. --Christopher Brookmyre

Very funny, brilliantly evocative and expertly captures the troubled world of Scottish football. The Tartan Special One also perfectly demonstrates the crippling, life-altering horror for those unfortunate enough to stray within emotional range of Dundee Football Club. --Neil Forsyth

About the Author

Barry Phillips was born in Dundee in 1978. A third-generation Dundee supporter, he first visited Dens Park in 1985 and has since witnessed four relegations, two administrations and numerous false dawns. Barry lives in eternal hope of a return to better days. He is the author of the cult Real Leigh Griffiths Blog. The Tartan Special One is his first novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By the wasp on 28 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the recommendation of friends as I am a fan of Scottish lower league football and humour.Some consider these two things interchangable and this will help you 'get' this outstanding first,and hopefully not last literary effort.This book is not for the faint of heart or the prudish as reading it is bit like being zapped by a Dens Park cattle prod but if you fancy a mutant offspring of Tom Sharpe style comedic creation get wired in...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Wells on 9 Jan. 2014
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I picked up this book by chance and, having never read the blog or knowing anything about scottish football characters, I went in without any expectations.
I was laughing before the end of the 2nd page and was instantly hooked into a dedicated reading session that saw me through the book in two sittings.

The events of the story are random and surreal but it didn't feel like it was purely for the sake of randomness, I accepted it all quite readily and never questioned it, Dundee sounds like a fun place.
As the story progresses it's gets more unusual and it started to remind me of the 'what if' conversations you might have in the pub, seeing as the book is derived from the blog I guess this makes sense.
I connected with the characters, enjoyed the story and I laughed a lot. I'm looking froward to whatever Barry Phillips has to offer next.

A wee note on the language, it's not for the sensitive, I found myself swearing a lot more than usual during the week following reading this book. I learnt some good new words though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JLD on 27 Nov. 2014
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Oh my goodness, what a book, totally outrageous, raucous and not for the faint hearted, language used is a tad strong to say the least but then I've never went to a football match so this language could be the norm. I totally loved it, story is straightforward enough about a young lad getting picked for a bigger team and being guided by a completely 'off his head' manager called Jocky with some extreme training tactics and life style. So well written that it's easily readable and had me laughing on just about every single page. My friend recommended this one to me and it didn't disappoint (Hiya Robert, Hiya Pal as mad Jocky would say!). Even being from Scotland I hadn't heard of some of the words but all to the good as my vocabulary has now been enriched! You don't even have to understand or even like football to totally enjoy this book. Go on, give yourself a giggle!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Murtagh on 14 Nov. 2014
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What have I just read?!
I picked this up purely due to Chris Brookmyre raving about it, and boy was he right. This is not your regular stright forward football novel. This is a wierd, crazy, surreal novel about a young boy wanting to make it to the big time, but willing to slog it out in the lower divisions of Scottish Football.
How we gets on, and how Dundee FC get on is probably secondary to the sheer flights of fancy he author takes us on, as much of the book is about sex, drugs, drinking and shoplifting. This has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By May Kerr on 30 July 2014
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Quite frankly, this is the funniest book I've read in an age.

A tale of hope, optimism and the dreams of a young man intertwined with the cold, calculating, money grabbing, brand building that encapsulates the modern game and the suits who would sell out a clubs soul for the sake of an improved dividend.

Had Shakespeare been born in Douglas, he'd have written this in the Lea Rig prior to someone running a steam roller through the back of it!

Buy this, or find yourself working the glory hole at the Fairmuir clubbie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Jorgen on 2 Dec. 2013
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As a big fan of the blog the book was derived from I was looking forward to its release. I wasn't disappointed, its not as surreal as the blog but the spirit of its main characters lives on. Anyone who writes in 'Scottish' is going to be compared to Irvine Welsh but this comparison is unfair, the book should be judged (and stands) on its own merit. If you enjoyed the blog you'll love the book, if you're familiar with Scottish lower league football 'personalities' and have an earthy sense of humour, you'll love the book. Enjoy 'chapos'.
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