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The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas (Disco Days) by [Ross, David F.]
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'An astonishing tour de force' - John Niven

'A madcap romp through the 1980s with Ayrshire's greatest band. It captures a world of indie rock and f***ing wallopers with hilarious elan' - Stuart Cosgrove

'A hilarious and caustic Boy's Own tale of achieving every wannabe pop star's dream... a No.1 Hit Single. The closest you'll ever get to being on Top of the Pops. A solid gold hit of a book!' - Colin McCredie

'The brilliance of David F. Ross is his ability to plunge us into 1980s Ayrshire in all its madness, violence and despair (with a smattering of hope). Pummelled by Thatcher, unemployment, crime and drugs but still full of great tunes, exciting bands and an awful lot of chancers. It s a vivid and colourful world... The dialogue is muscular and spot-on, the locations come alive and the characters are believably flawed. There's another novel to come and then Ayrshire has its own Barrytown Trilogy, and it is long overdue' - Words to Terrify

'Crucially Ross's novel succeeds in balancing light and dark, in that it can leap smoothly from brutal social realism to laugh-out-loud humour within a few sentences. It is a triumphant debut novel, which announces a real new talent on the Scottish literary scene' - Press and Journal

'Yes the language is colourful, but it's a highly enjoyable, pacy read... The story is set in the Thatcherite backdrop of the early 1980s, but it's the timeless account of a band of musicians trying to make it big in the music business... All of this against the musical backdrop of 1983/84 with references to The Clash, The Smiths, Top of the Pops and Midge Ure... compelling, hilarious, unputdownable. I could go on' --Eleanor's Shelves

About the Author

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he's become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for GBP500 at auction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS; 2 edition (24 Dec. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016721UQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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