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. His marriage to Ethel is coming apart at the seams and the disco has given him something to focus on. Tragic news from the other side of the world brings all three 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. Witty, energetic and entirely authentic, it’s also heartbreakingly honest, weaving tragedy together with comedy with uncanny and unsettling elegance. A simply stunning debut.
Welcome to the final stop on the blog tour of The Last Days of Disco, the debut novel from David Ross, which was published by Orenda Books initially as an e-book in December 2014 and in print on 15 March 2015.
Likened to Irvine Welsh and Roddy Doyle, Ross has brought us a novel that is warm, funny and deeply moving. As I said in my review Ross “demonstrates a gift for expressing life that surely has more to give. There is a real empathy for people of all kinds in the pages, there are “good” people doing bad things and “bad” people doing good things, because people are not good or bad they are just people dealing with what is in front of them, imperfectly. This book is worth reading for that truth alone, but it also takes you on an emotional journey that reminds you what it is to be human, a fabulous debut.”
And here is your chance to WIN a copy of The Last Days of Disco. All you have to do is tell us your favourite 80’s musical memory. You can enter on Twitter by tagging @Lizzy11268 and @Orendabooks in a tweet with your musical memory or if you don’t have Twitter then add your memory to the comments section below.
The competition closes at 10pm tonight so get those entries in today to be in with a chance of winning!