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Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball (18 Dalbeattie Street 3)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2012
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
on 8 October 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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
on 9 November 2012
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
on 8 November 2012
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
on 8 November 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
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
on 23 May 2013
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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on 3 April 2013
I've read all the Dalbeattie Street novels, but it's been diminishing returns, to an extent. Having grown up (a baby boomer) in Glasgow and married a girl from Maryhill, the books are a source of quite warm nostalgia, I suppose, but the characters haven't really properly endeared themselves to me, and I think there's way too much padding - conversations about favourite films and film stars and the local cinema go on for pages and are just very dull - like a long boring exchange in a pub among people who don't know each other all that well, really. I found myself skimming over page after page.

Don't expect a thrilling read, or any great surprises in the various sub-plots, but enjoy a warm and very accurate evocation of a long-lost Glasgow, and you won't feel disappointed.
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on 5 May 2014
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 the books in the order they came out which i think helps i am from Edinburgh so i never thought a book about growing up in Glasgow would appeal but they are all excellent and would appeal to any body that grew up in Scotland or descends from Scotland i have bought some for people too as i think it a must read loved all 6 of his books i felt i was there in the story's i have cried and laughed till tears streamed down my face hope Robert is working on number 7
WELL DONE TO THIS WEE LADDIE FI GLASGOW YOUR MAMMY WOULD BE PROUD
i am sad this the last of his books so far
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