on 23 October 2013
This autobiography will be a great companion when you want to drop in and join the rather dodgy company of Billy 'Mad Dog' McLeod and his mates for a few shenanigans. The author takes you on a very funny walk though his life which is, at times sad, but usually hilarious and very often bizarre. After an account of his early life, during which time he was able to avail himself of 'Her Majesty's Pleasure', for much of the book you find yourself on tour with Mad Dog and his equally mad collection of pals as they make their way around the World to support the Scotland football team. This is the Tartan Army, which Mad Dog has tattooed prominently on his arm. One of my favourite stories is when they meet a stray dog in Italy. Caesar, the dog, becomes just one of the boys as the group find themselves causing havoc in the south of France. This is just shortly after they have laid a wreath at the grave of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Vatican City in Rome...yes, I do mean 'in' the Vatican. In fact you get the feeling that the author would have fitted in quite well back at the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Culloden. And you are left with the lingering suspicion that if he had the outcome of the battle might have been a bit different. The book is a treasure trove of stories. The narrative flows along very well. You feel that you are sitting there listening to McLeod himself talk in the accent of his local part of Scotland. While many of the antics he recounts are hair raising to say the least, you are strangely drawn to the guy. He may not have been the type of chap your Mother would have been happy you were going out to play with, but it would have been a fast learning curve and you'd have probably ended up the better for it....had you survived to tell the tale! Well Mad Dog has, thankfully, and this book proves it.
on 29 October 2013
A Fantastic Read for any Tartan Army foot soldier Follow Mad Dog McCleod around Europe and beyond as he Travels supporting Scotlands National football Team the highs the lows and the sometimes down in the Gutter experiences of a supporter of The Worlds finest football Team.(I did say Finest not BEST..Humerous heart warming and sometimes quite unbelievable but every word written is true story told.As Billy is fighting (what a brave Fight)terminal cancer, he is donating all proceeds to Cancer Research and McMillan Cancer care Nurses,believe me money you spend on this book will be one of the most well worth money you'll spend... KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT BIG MAN. WE'LL BE COMING.
on 4 April 2014
If you're in the mood for a chuckle while shaking your head at the same time, Billy's trip down Memory Lane is for you! A local lad from Arbroath, Billy regales us with tales of his travels for work and supporting Scotland round the world, in his inebriated state. Much of the laughs are based on the images Billy conjures up of his boozy adventures and this reader can picture the goings on vividly. An urban legend, Billy McLeod's reputation locally is a 'gid lad' with a fondness for madness with the drink - this wee bookie is worth every penny, providing belly laughs and sometimes disbelief at how crazy his life has been. I would have happily paid double for this entertaining gem and for those yet to buy .. go treat yourself! All monies go to charity :)